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Estranged husband a suspect in Chicago woman’s death in Munster

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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:47PM



MUNSTER -- A Chicago woman was killed Tuesday morning, and officials are investigating it as a homicide.

Erica Veldinia, 33, of the 10600 block of South Avenue N in Chicago’s East Side section, was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m., according to the Lake County Coroner’s office.

She suffered a blunt force trauma to the head at 882 Boxwood in Munster, in the Sutton Place Condominiums, near the corner of Calumet Avenue and Main Street.

According to Munster Police, the department responded to a call for a disturbance at the 800 block of Boxwood, and encountered a man outside the residence who claimed he had been battered by his girlfriend’s estranged husband. He said the man was still inside of the residence and was possibly armed.

The man barricaded himself inside the residence, forcing the regional SWAT task force to respond.

The SWAT team deployed a remote-controlled robot inside the residence and the man surrendered.

Police found Veldina with injuries to her face and head. She was rushed to Community Hospital for treatment, where she died from her injuries.

Her estranged husband is in custody.

Munster Police and the Lake County Police Crime Lab are investigating. Munster Police said they would release more information Wednesday.



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