Home at Center of Homicide Case Goes Up in Flames

Home on the 8400 South Gilbert Court is where Mya Lyons lived before she vanished in 2008

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    The home at the center of a sensational homicide case in Chicago went up in flames early Wednesday morning.

    Firefighters were called to the home on the 8400 block of South Gilbert Court, on the city's south side, at about 1:30 a.m.

    The home, which a neighbor said was now vacant, has a chilling history. It's where nine-year-old Mya Lyons lived before she disappeared during the summer of 2008. The girl's body was found in an alley near the home by her father.

    Richard Lyons was later arrested, tried and convicted in his daughter's death. He continues to proclaim his innocence but prosecutors said blood spatter evidence inside Lyons' van suggested the girl was stabbed there before she was discovered in the alley.

    Hundreds of people attended the girl's funeral. The service included a personal note from then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

    There was no word by 5 a.m. as to what caused the fire.

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