The husband of a well-respected school teacher has been charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death, the Cook County State's Attorney's office confirmed Thursday afternoon.
Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, a teacher at Central Elementary School in Riverside and the mother of former Northwestern University quarterback Zak Kustok and Chicago SportsNet anchor/reporter Sarah Kustok, was found dead Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities ruled her death a homicide.
Her husband, Allan Kustok, tried to tell authorities that he woke up to the sound of a shot fired from the gun he'd given his wife for their 34th wedding anniversary this summer. He said he cleaned his wife's face, tidied the room and then took his wife to the emergency room at Palos Community Hospital.
By the time he got there -- 90 minutes after the shooting -- she was dead.
Authorities didn't buy what Kustok was selling and charged him with first-degree murder.
Among the discrepancies: Anita Kustok had been shot on the left side of her face despite being right handed, according to a SouthtownStar source.
The couple's next-door neighbor said she wasn't aware of any marital problems and said that Allan Kustok was always nice to her.
"When I found out, it's just so tragic," said Mary, who declined to provide her last name but did say she's known the Kustok's for eight years. "They are very great, normal people."
The 58-year-old Anita Kustok was a beloved elementary school teacher in Riverside.
"We're struggling with the sorrow of the loss of the life of Jeanie, and now we're struggling with the cause of it," said Dr. Jon Lamberson, the school's superintendent.
"On the inside, she was always vivacious, positive, enthusiastic. She was always interested in how people were feeling that day, and if they were feeling a little low she wanted to do something to help them feel better," he said.
School administrators sent a letter home to parents, informing them that a social worker and psychologist will be available to speak to students.
"We are all deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah and her family," said Comcast SportsNet Chicago in a statement.
Neither child has offered a personal comment on the death.
Hospital officials at Palos Community Hospital called police around 7 a.m. Wednesday to inform them that a family member had driven Kustok to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. She was dead on arrival.