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Father Charged After Tinley Park High School Senior Found Dead in Suburban Home

The teenager was identified as Mia Maro, 17, by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

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Tinley Park police say that a 42-year-old man has been arrested in the homicide of his 17-year-old daughter, who was found dead inside a suburban home.

Tinley Park Mayor Michael Glotz and Police Chief Matthew Walsh spoke at a press conference, where it was announced that Mohammed Almaru had been charged with first-degree murder in the case.

On Sunday night, officers with the Tinley Park Police Department responded to a home in the 7800 block of West 167th Street for a possible death investigation and found 17-year-old Mia Maro dead in a lower level of the home, a village spokesman stated in a news release.

Maro died from multiple injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Mia was a senior at Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park.

The principal announced her death to students, faculty and staff in a letter Monday, calling it a "very sad day" for the Andrew High School community.

"Today is a very sad day for the Andrew High School Community as we grieve the loss of senior student Mia Maro," principal Abir Othman said in the letter. "The  Andrew community is here to support each other through this very difficult time. Social workers and guidance counselors are available throughout the week for those who need to talk with someone. We extend our condolences to Mia’s family and ask that everyone keep Mia in their thoughts and prayers."

Almaru was hospitalized with self-inflicted wounds to his throat and wrists, and had also ingested unknown quantities of medications prior to his arrest, police say.

He remains hospitalized, and it is unclear when he will appear in court on the charges.

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