Waukegan neighbors remain nervous after reported stabbing death
BY FRANK ABDERHOLDEN email@example.com | @abderholden August 23, 2013 6:22PM
Monica L. Williams, 28 years old
Updated: September 25, 2013 6:12AM
Neighbors of a slain Waukegan 28-year-old said they are still unnerved Friday even after police assured them that the general public is not in danger.
“They told us it was a stabbing and they didn’t think we should be concerned,” said neighbor Miranda Diaz, 33. “But we do think it’s a concern. There are so many children out here playing. They said they would let us know if anything else came up.”
Monica L. Williams, 28, of Waukegan, was found dead in her home Sunday on the 200 block of West Drive. Police classified her death as a homicide.
Diaz, who lives next door, said her kids played with Williams’ two daughters. They have been neighbors for about 5 years.
“She was pretty quiet and kept to herself,” Diaz said. “She didn’t get into anyone’s business and no one got into her business.”
Officers went to Williams’ apartment last weekend after her family called police to say they were worried because they could not get in touch with her.
Diaz said Williams’ two daughters were dropped off Sunday after a sleep over with friends, but no one answered the door at their home. The girls’ grandmother picked them up and brought them to her house, where she called police.
Diaz said she and other nearby neighbors didn’t hear any noise come from Williams’ second-floor apartment, located behind the Ramada Inn on Green Bay Road.
She did hear police evidence technicians working inside the apartment until nearly 4 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.
Despite Diaz saying it was determined to be a stabbing, police have been tight lipped about the murder, not revealing how she died. The Lake County Coroner’s Office also did not reveal information because of the police investigation.
A small memorial with two bouquets of flowers, balloons and a lit candle were outside Williams’ apartment Friday.
“Some of the family members put them there,” said Diaz.
“It’s kind of scary, the neighbor added. “There’s no forced entry, we didn’t hear anything. It definitely scares you.”
Police are encouraging anyone with information to call investigators’ anonymous tip line at (847) 360-9001.