Man Stabbed To Death In Ukrainian Village

Medical Examiner: Victim Stabbed Himself During Fight With Wife

CHICAGO (CBS) – A man is dead after reportedly stabbing himself during a domestic incident early Thursday in his Ukrainian Village neighborhood apartment.

Robert Raymond, 25, of the 2200 block of West Chicago Avenue, suffered stab wounds at his home, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Sources said Raymond allegedly stabbed himself during a fight with his wife.

Raymond was pronounced dead at 3:24 a.m. at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.

Police responded to the apartment at 2:42 a.m., according to police News Affairs Office Ron Gaines, who said he did not know who stabbed the victim or why.

Gaines said no one was in custody as of early Thursday morning.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Jakob bartlett

    This man was my violin teacher.. I saw him just two days ago.. We had a lesson over skype.. I can’t believe he did it.. Im shocked

  • Jakob bartlett

    He was one of the greatest musicians in my eyes.. I looked up to him and he inspired me in my music. He was very good young man, and I loved him very dearly.

  • chris


  • chris

    my friends neighbor.. Never had the opportunity to meet him but heard he was a good person… Tragic it is..

  • Jahnel

    to anyone reading this for the first time or reading it again….. please do not take this article as fact. most of what was reported is not true. please contact his friends or family members for more accurate details.

    • Roland

      Jahnel, I was fortunate enough to meet Robert as one of his students and had a few lessons with him. I really admired him and had high expectations. I thought he was a remarkable musician. I was supposed to meet with him for a lesson last Friday on Dec. 3 and was surprised he didn’t answer the buzzer, and now I just found out about this terrible incident. I am terribly saddened. Would you share with me what happened? I can’t believe the fight-with-the-wife story. Thanks in advance.

      • Jahnel

        Hi Roland,
        Right now we don’t have any specifics. The discrepancy with the article is that it was posted just hours after the incident, but the investigation is still open. If you’d like to give me a way to contact you, I’ll be glad to keep you on my contact list for when details emerge.

      • Jahnel

        HI Roland,
        When you get a moment, can yo please email me? My email is listed somewhere in one of these comments.

    • Bonnie

      If you could please send me Bobbys facebook page or send an email of any updated information I would appreciate it. I have been friends of Bobby and his family since I was 4. His mother wanted us to be together since then! My how the world changes..I cant believe this story and his parents are quite close lipped.

      • Jahnel

        Hi Bonnie~
        Actually, I think I remember you. I think your mother was at the house this past weekend. There really aren’t any details as of yet. There are a lot of questions still unanswered and there is just a lot of guessing. Until we have some more information, all we can do is wait. I can be reached at i’ll let his mom know i talked to you and i’ll keep you on my contact list.

  • Audrey

    Jahnel is correct. This article is tragically inaccurate. I also encourage you to contact his friends and family for details of Bobby’s death. It is upsetting to read something so incorrect in the news about a friend that has passed.

    • Aaron

      Please fill us in with what you know. He was a good friend to me too and if this is incorrect I must know. I never met his family and don’t know how to contact them.

      • Jahnel

        Aaron~ if you are on facebook, you can find me on his page. i’m the only one who spells my name this way. i can get you the details we have on a more secure channel.

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  • Tobi

    We are friends of his mother and have known Bobby for many years. We are shocked and saddened by this, and send our prayers for his family.

  • Matt Wells


    I went to school with Bobby for years when he lived in Virginia. This is the only info we have. I cannot find his Facebook page. Please send me an e-mail ( and let me know the details. Or please give me his facebook page and I will contact you there. Please.

    He still has friends back here in VA that heard about this and if this isn’t what happened, we would like to know the truth.

    Thank you

  • Martin Berkofsky

    It was just a little over one week ago that I received deeply sad and shocking news. Robert Raymond-Bobby as all of us had known him-who had come to me as a student when he was not yet even 12 years old, had just passed away. He was only 25.

    Bobby was probably the most intuitive and inspired musician with whom I had ever been honored to work. He had a seemingly unlimited thirst for knowledge which resulted in his almost-encyclopaedic grasp of repertoire and musical and performance styles.

    Bobby had gone on to graduate from both the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University (where we had given a concert together last spring.) He had just been honored to be invited to join the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra.

    Bobby was of an exceptionally generous nature, always putting others first which he did with the greatest joy. How very special in a world otherwise fraught with so many needless jealousies and intrigues. He had performed with me frequently on benefit programs, and had just days before been scheduled to perform for cancer patients in Chicago.

    My new compact disc which will be sold to benefit cancer patients is to be dedicated to Bobby, his pure and giving nature which will always remind us of the standard to which we ourselves must be dedicated.

    Thank you. Thank you for everything.

  • Jessica

    I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby several times, at my daughters violin lessons. My daughter took from Ruth, Bobby’s mother. I am shocked and saddened at the news. He was his mothers world. She adored him. I would like to be updated with any news on what really happened. Please contact me at Thank you

  • Irene

    What a horrible loss to everyone who knew him and knew his musical talents. He was a peaceful, quiet soul and this has shocked all of us! Please let me know anything that is available.

    • JMA

      Please contact me and give me an update if you have any news thank you in advance

  • JMA

    I can’t believe this …someone contact me. What has really happened here as the other people have mentioned – what really happened – who wrote the article and what kind of investigation is this …how can a person stab himself what kind of silly writing is this and what details are there of the investigation. It appears someone is sweeping him under the carpet – how do they know he stabbed himself – there are other things that are not being noted here. He was not a vampire and a very successful person – someone needs to take this a huge step further and someone is not being real and truth and will be sorry for this.
    It appears as untrue reporting on this website to blame the husband for stabbing himself. Come on. What a crime this is even in the news reporting.
    Im so sorry to hear of this, it seems like some people need to speak up and that includes each one of you…my niece took the same lessons this man had such a big future in front of him a real shame.
    It is not normal that a person stabs himself come on. wake up over there are they slow in the thinking with investigating things…..someone please let me know more about this ….

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