CHICAGO (AP) — A man has been charged with the first degree murder of his ex-girlfriend in Austin, Chicago, after shooting her during a domestic dispute.
Kenneth Brown, 44, was arrested on Friday and charged with the slaying of Maria Roque, 34. The incident occurred in the 500 block of North Long Avenue on December 13, when shots were fired at around 6:20 a.m., according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Roque was rushed to Stroger Hospital but was pronounced dead at 6:53 a.m.
Roque had been granted an emergency order of protection against Brown on November 7 after he had a physical altercation with her. Relatives stated that Brown had also threatened to destroy her property and had been prohibited from contacting Roque in any way.
Following the incident, police had sought the public’s help in locating Brown. And on Friday, Brown was scheduled to appear in court.
The tragic incident serves as a grim reminder of the dangers of domestic disputes and the importance of seeking help in such situations. It also highlights the need for stronger enforcement of protective orders, in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.
The arrest of the suspect brings some closure to the family and friends of Maria Roque, but the pain of her loss will undoubtedly linger on. This case serves as a stark reminder of the grim consequences of domestic violence, and the urgency of addressing the issue to prevent further loss of life.
The suspect is now facing the consequences of his actions, as he awaits trial for the killing of Maria Roque. The legal process will hopefully bring justice for the victim and her loved ones, as they continue to mourn her tragic and untimely death.