Fearful Family Left With Questions After South Shore Woman’s Fatal Stabbing

CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of a woman brutally stabbed to death in the South Shore neighborhood was making plans to move out of the neighborhood Saturday evening.

The body of Candace Butts was discovered in her apartment Friday. She had been stabbed multiple times.

With police still searching for clues and no suspects in custody, Butts’ mother and daughter tell CBS 2’S Dorothy Tucker they fear for their own lives.

“I just know I found her. I walked in her apartment and found her lying there dead,” the victim’s mother, Gloria Martin, said.

The 44-year-old Butts lived right across the hall from her mother. She moved there about a year ago to take care of her. When Candace didn’t answer her phone early Friday morning, Martin went to the door, found it unlocked and the window cracked.

Martin’s fear is the killer came in through the window.

“She didn’t bother anybody, she stayed to herself. She was a good person. I don’t know who would do this to her,” Martin said.

Tia Butts last saw her mother Thursday night when the two hung out together after school. In fact, they were both taking classes together at Olive Harvey College. She, too, is at a loss to explain why anyone would want to hurt her mother.

“My mom is the most energetic sweet angel that I know,” Tia Butts said. “She was my inspiration.”

Police say Candace’s TV, jewelry and iPhone were missing, but at this point, police are not calling the crime a robbery.

Why not? There was no explanation — also, no suspects.

“I’m very scared. We’re actually going to move. We don’t even know how they got in, there’s no sign of forced entry,” the victim’s daughter said.

Gloria Martin says there was a bloody butcher knife in her daughter’s bedroom.

Police have taken that in for evidence, and they continue to look for clues.

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  • damshame2

    This is so sick. And the thought of more blacks being killed in Chicago is even more sicker. No wonder so many fled the state, thanks to these low life thugs who will answer to God one day!

    • Maurice Hickenbottom

      So many have fled the state??? What state is that? Certainly not Illinois. If there is a state they are fleeing tell me where it is so I can move there.

      • damshame2

        Crime happens everywhere, unfortunately some places are worse than others and Chicago happen to be on of them. Esp the Southside. Self hatred people with no life and no god.

      • damshame2

        TEXAS,GEORGIA, ARIZONA, DC, the list goes on my friend.

    • monica

      U r so right. A friend from another state asked me what the hell is going on in Chicago?????

  • damshame2

    For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

    • NWA

      I’m all down wit the love your neighbor one. I’m afraid there ain’t no way I can abide by dem others.


  • Sad Cause!!!!!!

    I was so shock to hear that this horrendus crime was committed!!!!! Candance was a very nice woman, I use to see HER outside during lunch and one day I was asking her who does her hair because you always change your hair and it is always nice, her reply was her daughter!!!!!!! I worked with her at Combined/Ace!!!!!! She will be truly missed. My prayers are with the family and whomever committed this act, you have blood on your hands because you can run from man but not run from God because he will act in her behalf and render judgemnet.

  • Just Axin

    Sad Cause: Sorry for your loss. It says a lot that she moved across from her mom to help and that she was going to college. I’d rather not have to wait for god to act, but I wonder if this could have been prevented assuming the perp had a criminal history and was given breaks along the way?

  • waydown in nc

    Candace was my friend she was one of the most caring women I know… she loved and cared for her mother and daugther… and would have given you the shoes off her feet, if you needed them… The worst phone call I have ever gotten was on this passed friday… her mother called me telling me my long time friend was murdered… in her own home… which should have been her safe place…and if I am lost with this senseless killing… I know Mrs Martin and Tia is lost even more… I talk to Mrs Martin today and she is still waiting on Candace to come thur the door… because it is unreal… a bad dream… I can’t stop crying… Please Lord give Candace loved one’s Peace, Father… I will never hear my friends voice again.. Candace you may be gone but you will always have a place in my heart…. see you in heaven sister… see you in heaven

    Carolyn R.

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