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Police mum on possible Lombard murder

LOMBARD — Some schoolchildren are being escorted home from a west suburban school near where police are investigating a reported murder, about which they will release no information.

Staff members at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard are escorting certain children home for the second day in a row Friday afternoon as police conduct an investigation nearby, Lombard Elementary District 44 Supt. Jim Blanche said. Lombard police alerted school officials about 11 a.m. Thursday that an “incident” had occurred two blocks from the school.

The school is located in the 600 block of Hammerschmidt Avenue, while the incident occurred in the 800 block, he said. The street remained closed to traffic Friday afternoon as officers investigate, according to Blanche.

According to unconfirmed dispatch reports, a man was found dead in his home in the 800 block of Hammerschmidt Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Lombard police, the DuPage County Coroner’s office and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office would not comment on the incident as of late Thursday afternoon.

Blanche said a student from Glenn Westlake Middle School lives in the home where the incident occurred, and was contacted by police and “brought to a place of safety.” He could not confirm whether a murder had been committed.

School officials at Hammerschmidt sent out an alert to parents, letting them know there was a heavy police presence nearby.

 

“Some of us went over to make sure no kids walked by,” Blanche said. “We escorted a few kids who lived on the block home.”

 

The street near the elementary school was still closed Friday, he said, and school staff would likely escort students home for a second day.

 

Blanche said he was assured by police there was no longer a danger to the community.

 

Ronald Kowalik, 82, who lives across the street from the house where police were investigating, said officers shut down the block about noon Thursday.

 

He said police went door-to-door telling residents there had been an “incident” at the house, and that one person was in custody and another was hospitalized. They did not say whether a homicide investigation was under way.

 

“All I know is they were taking a lot of photos inside and outside the house,” Kowalik said Friday morning.

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