A mother and her two daughters were found stabbed to death Monday night on the city's Far South Side in what appears to be a violent domestic situation.
Officers found the bodies of 43-year-old Stacy Cochran-Hill and her daughters, Jade Hannah, 17, and Joi Cochran, 11, in the 11100 block of South Bell Avenue in the Morgan Park neighborhood shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
The victims had several stab wounds and were discovered in their residence.
"I'll always remember her smile and her genuineness. She loved people. She put other people before herself and those are the things that I will really miss about her," Larry Phillips said of Stacy Cochran-Hill, his niece who was looking forward to celebrating her 44th birthday on Friday.
Family members described Jade Hannah as the louder one of the two children. She loved to dance and was looking forward to college, either at Southern Illinois University or Eastern Illinois University.
She enjoyed fashion and frequently changed her hairstyle.
Joi Cochran was in sixth grade at Roseland Christian School. She was on the honor roll and participated in choir, family members said.
"She was a girly girl," according to her maternal grandmother, Sharon Ramey. "She like her hair to be done. She liked her clothes a certain way."
Area 2 detectives are questioning a person of interest who may be related to the mother domestically.
Tracy Jackson, 49, who lives in another apartment in the building where the stabbings took place, said he was watching Monday Night Football last night and did not hear any disturbance.
Jackson described his fiancé as a "nervous wreck" and said she wants to move out of the building.
"You hate to hear about [the stabbings], but you’re glad its not a break-in or a home-invasion," Jackson said. "You’re not safe anywhere."