CHICAGO (CBS) — Funeral services were held Tuesday for a mother and her two daughters, who were stabbed to death more than a week ago in their apartment in the Morgan Park neighborhood.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, a long line of people waited outside of St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, at 9837 S. Throop St., for the wake to begin before the funeral.
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Stacy Cochran-Hill, 43, and her two daughters – Jade Hannah, 17, and Joi Cochran, 11 – were found stabbed to death on the night of Nov. 29 in their third-floor apartment in the 11100 block of South Bell Avenue.
Corinne Parker knew Cochran-Hill for more than 30 years in the Roseland community.
“She was one of those ladies that did everything right,” Parker said. “You know, an angel in our neighborhood; one that we were so truly proud of, and we are proud of her. So just as always, it’s Stacy and her girls – a sad thing to say.”
Stacy worked as a hospital intake specialist. Jade was a Morgan Park High School senior who loved sports and dancing and had a flair for fashion. Joi was a sixth-grader at Roseland Christian School.
Parker said when she found out about the triple murder, she let out the kind of holler that she had never let out before.
Jade Hannah’s ex-boyfriend, Denzel Pittman, 18, of Park Forest, has been charged in the murders. Police said they got into an argument that night and were on the stairs leading to the apartment, when Pittman started beating and choking Hannah, then stabbed her at least 11 times in her neck, shoulder and chest.
As she cried out for help, her mother came to the door of the apartment. Prosecutors say Pittman then turned his weapon on Cochran-Hill, stabbing her about 15 times in her head, chest, arms and hands.
Joi was heard screaming during the attack on her mother. Soon after, prosecutors say Pittman entered the apartment and stabbed the child in her chest and head.
Pittman is now being held without bond.