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Two Men Charged In Stabbing Death Of Woman Found In Closet

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CHICAGO (CBS) –Two men have been charged in connection with the stabbing murder of a 49-year-old West Side woman. Her body was wrapped up and hidden in a closet for days before it was found. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

People who loved Burnadine Kinsey gathered outside her home to grieve and to wonder about fate. Her daughter, Tierra cannot believe what happened to her. “And so close to home,” she says. “It’s just inhumane what people can do these days. It’s ridiculous.”

Kinsey, 49, a woman with a record of prostitution arrests was with a man in a West Garfield Park house late last week. Prosecutors say there was a quarrel and 20-year-old Benjamin Esquivel stabbed her to death.

“Whatever they was fighting about,” says another daughter Tyanna Kinsey, “was it that serious that you had to take somebody’s life?”

After the murder, Esquivel allegedly called a friend, 37-year-old Juan Ramos to help him get rid of the body. The two men reportedly went to a nearby Home Depot and bought duct tape and a tarp, then wrapped the body and hid it in a closet.

Friday night, Esquivel’s mother found the body but fled without calling police. On Monday she came back with her daughter. The body was still there. Esquivel’s sister called 911.

Wednesday morning, Kinsey’s family watched as the alleged killer appeared in bond court.

Larry Kinsey, the victim’s brother describes his feelings. “I was angry and he threw up a gang sign, like he was proud of what he had done. And he really don’t know, he tore up a family.”

Esquivel is being held on bond of one million dollars, Ramos’ bond is a quarter of a million.

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