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Body of Boy, 14, Found Above River Grove Business

Body discovered above Forte Plumbing Co.



    The body of a 14-year-old, severely autistic boy was found Sunday in an apartment above Forte Plumbing Co. in River Grove, police said. Sandra Endo reports. (Published Monday, June 10, 2013)

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    Police confirmed the body of a 14-year-old boy was found over the weekend inside a building in west suburban River Grove.

    Alex Spourdalakis was found Monday with multiple stab wounds to the chest in an apartment above the Forte Plumbing Co. in the 8100 block of West Grand Avenue. Police said Spourdalakis was severely autistic and his wounds were not self-inflicted.

    "There was quite a bit of blood and it was pretty messy, like there had been some kind of a struggle," police chief Rodger Loni said.

    Police said Spourdalakis was found in a bedroom. The boy's mother, Dorothy, and a caregiver were found semi-conscious at the scene and were taken to Gottlieb hospital in Melrose Park.

    Police said Monday that so far they haven't been able to talk to Dorothy Spourdalakis or the caregiver to find out exactly what happened.

    Spourdalakis was the subject of a big support effort online. A Facebook page was set up for him four months ago to garner help after a hospitalization left him in physical restraints for nearly two weeks.  

    "It's terrible," Loni said. "It's a young 14-year-old boy who didn't need to die. I have young boys of my own. It's pretty traumatic."

    Police said officers have been called to the family's apartment before to help get Spourdalakis to the hospital.

    Officers were seen coming in and out of the building Monday morning as the investigation continues.

    Police said Spourdalakis' father lives separately from him and is cooperating with authorities.