CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio) — It was ten years ago when a man shot five women to death inside a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park and at noon the families of many of those women were at a prayer service marking the anniversary.
The only family member who spoke at the service was Michele Talos, the sister of victim Jennifer Bishop.
Talos told people to not “give in to the weakness of the world” and to “live in the strengthening love of God.”
“I look at February 2, 2008, as a horrible, unfair day… an attack on the dignity of human life,” she said.
“I’ve learned over the years that those five young women were very impressive members of their communities. So many people have felt the pain of their loss.”
After the service, Maurice Hamilton, the brother of victim Rhoda McFarland, said he had faith in the police department.
“Someone will be caught, one day soon.”
The killer walked into the store at 191st and Harlem on Feb. 2, 2008, and announced a robbery. He took the store manager, an employee, and four customers to the back, bound them with duct tape, and shot them all.
Store manager Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet; Connie Woolfolk, 37, of Flossmoor; Sarah Szafranski, 22, of Oak Forest; Carrie Hudek Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort; and Jennifer Bishop, 34, of South Bend, were all killed. A sixth woman was also shot and wounded.
The survivor helped police create a sketch of the gunman, and on Thursday police released a 3-D enhanced image of the suspect. Police also have isolated the killer’s voice in a recording of the 911 call from the shooting, making his voice clearer, though his words remain unintelligible.
Police hope the lifelike image of the killer and the voice recording could help them solve the case after 10 years.