Police: Hair Stylist Slain in Chicago Stabbed Over 40 Times

Chicago police say a hair stylist slain last month was stabbed more than 40 times with “lacerations and mutilations” to his upper body.

Fired Northwestern University microbiologist Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren are accused in a Chicago arrest warrant in the July 27 fatal stabbing of 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL’-mee) said Friday that the attack on Cornell-Duranleau “certainly was very intense.”

He said police believe there might have been some tension in Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau’s relationship.

Authorities have said the attack on Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who moved to Chicago last year, was so brutal that the blade of the knife that investigators believe was used in the stabbing was broken.

(Facebook photo)
Cornell-Duranleau (Facebook photo)

He said police were holding back details because they haven’t questioned Lathem and Warren, who separately surrendered to California authorities last week after a days-long manhunt. Lathem has waived extradition to Chicago. Warren is expected to be in a California court Friday.

Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau appear to have shared an apartment, reported ABC7 News.

Northwestern issued a statement on Aug. 2 saying Lathem, who has been in the department of microbiology-immunology since 2007, is on administrative leave “and banned from entering the Northwestern University campuses.”

The University of Oxford in Great Britain also put out a statement on Aug. 3 and called for Warren, a senior treasury assistant there, to turn himself in.

Police discovered the murder after being called to the Grand Plaza Apartments on State Street at around 8:30 p.m. on July 27. An anonymous tip said that a crime had been committed at a residence on the 10th floor.

That’s where they found Cornell-Duranleau stabbed to death. The young man had graduated from cosmetology school in Michigan and moved to Chicago fairly recently.

 
 
 
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