A family in south suburban Riverdale gathered on Monday to search for answers in their loved one's death, three days after her body was found.
A village inspector on a “routine inspection” found a body in an alley behind a building in the 14000 block of South Atlantic Avenue, according to a statement from Riverdale police. Family members said the body is that of Rachel Caltedge.
Investigators determined her body was "partially burned," police said.
An autopsy found Caltedge died of strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Caltedge's family told NBC 5 that they believe the man who killed her, the father of her unborn baby who was named a person of interest in her death, was in custody on Monday.
"The ways she died, and was treated by this person... I don't wish that on my worst enemy," said David Moore, Caltedge's uncle.
Rachel's family members said they won't be satisfied until charges are filed by prosecutors.
"We don't know how to handle this situation," Moore said. "I wouldn't wish this on anybody."
Moore said he wants everybody to know how Rachel's death has affected their family.
"How do I have that conversation with a 6-year-old that his mother is never going to pick him up?" he said. "Never again. It's senseless."
Jacqulyn Catledge, Rachel's mother, said her daughter was a good-hearted person who loved her family and her son.
"She definitely didn't deserve this," Jacqulyn Catledge said.