Congregations Gather to Honor Slain Deacon

Sally Katona-King's death ruled a homicide

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    Sally Katona-King died Tuesday, hours after being knocked down the stairs by a fleeing robber at the CTA's Fullerton stop.

    Congregations from 10 Evangelical Lutheran churches were gathering Wednesday night in honor of a beloved parishioner who died after being pushed down the stairs by a thief.

    Sally Katona-King was supposed to accompany her pastor to the already-scheduled event at Mission of Christ Lutheran, at 1345 North Karlov Ave.

    With her death, the event took on a new focus and included a dinner, which was one of the 68-year-old's passions, family and friends said.

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    The deaths of Sally Katona-King's husband and a grandson never made her turn her back on others, her family says.

    "Her greatest dream was to serve people.  And that's what she did.  She loved to cook.  Just last week we were at her church -- First Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church -- and she was in the kitchen doing soup as she always does, and tonight we're doing that in honor of her," said church spokesman James Grooms.

    Katona-King was a deacon at that Logan Square church.

    "Sally's life was a life lived beautifully. Although she's not with us this evening, I feel a special presence. I feel she is here in our midst,"

    Police said they're still looking for the man who stole a woman's iPhone and barreled through a group of commuters, including Katona-King.  She fell down the stairs, and a Wednesday autopsy revealed she died from multiple injuries.  Her death was ruled a homicide, the medical examiner's office said.

    The alert issued by Belmont Area detectives described the thief as a black man between the ages of 17 and 30.  He stands between 5 feet, 6 inches and 6 feet, 4 inches and weighs between 130 and 210 pounds.

    He was wearing a black hat, blue jeans, and a black jacket with the letters "WS" on the back, the alert said.

    Anyone with information should call detectives at 312-744-8262.