Family members of a suburban Chicago fast food restaurant manager who was stabbed to death last week were seeking answers at the scene, where they said police had not yet told them how or why he was killed. Autopsy results have since been released, but some questions still remain.
John Price, 35, was working the overnight shift at Arby’s in Hickory Hills, where he has worked for five years, when he was killed. The Cook County medical examiner's office determined on Friday Price died from multiple sharp-force injuries and ruled the death a homicide. An Arby's employee, Irvin Thomas, 26, is being charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing and will appear in court Tuesday. Police found Thomas at his residence, where he was taken into custody.
Though police have now updated family and the public, details surrounding Price's death were unclear in the hours after his alleged murder.
"My sister needs answers. Her son is dead and the police or nobody wants to tell her how he died, what happened, who did it,” Price's aunt Laura Ashley told CBS.
Price's body was found in a nearby parking lot late Wednesday night. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and pronounced dead. Chicago’s WGN reported after police were called to the scene, a hazmat team wearing head-to-toe protective gear came to clean up the restaurant. The clean up lasted hours, and family members gathered outside seeking answers, saying police had not yet told them how Price was killed and why it happened.
“They said he was dead but not if he was shot, stabbed or what happened,” Price’s aunt Wendy Lewis told WGN News. “It’s horrible because you don’t know and all we want is some answers.”
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and Hickory Hills Police worked together to investigate the homicide.
Details regarding the alleged killer’s motive have not yet been released. Oxygen reached out to the Hickory Hills Police Department in request for comment, but did not hear back at time of publication.
[Photo: Cook County Sheriff's Department, Family Handout, Getty Images]