‘It could be 700 murderers walking around.’ Illinois families wait as murders go unsolved, evidence unprocessed


Last Christmas, Carmia Tang didn’t put up a tree. Her mind was busy trying to clear the memory of her son’s body in the morgue and the fear that his killer might be walking down her street.

A year later, not much has changed. She still doesn’t feel like decorating. She has no better understanding of her son’s last moments. And she, like hundreds of Chicago families, is still waiting for evidence pulled from the scene to be analyzed.

The wait for information on a case is “torture,” said Tang, 46, who did not expect to have to couple an attempt to heal with an information abyss. Earlier this month, she spoke at an Illinois Senate Public Health Committee hearing focused on the state’s backlog in processing DNA. State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, who chaired the hearing, said the state backlog includes more than 700 murders.

“That tells us that it could be 700 murderers walking around,” she said.

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December 21, 2018 at 05:45AM

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