A chicago The tenant is accused of murdering and dismembering her landlord, whose body was found inside a freezer in the home after a fight over an eviction notice, authorities say.
Sandra Kolalou, 36, has been charged with the murder of Frances Walker, 69, who was reported missing by another resident on October 10.
The landlord had called the police on the tenant “many times,” the family says, five times in October alone.
Walker’s family said ABC7 that the owner had called police in Kolalou “many times,” with records showing authorities responded to the home five times this month alone.
Walker’s niece acknowledged that Kolalou has “rights as a tenant,” but added that “if you fear for your safety…the landlord should have rights too.”
“They have rights as a tenant, but if you fear for your safety or have problems, the landlord should have rights not only as an owner but also as a co-inhabitant of the domain,” niece Cory Walker said.
Police say Francis Walker was dismembered in his own home. Sandra Kolalou now faces murder charges.
—Charlie DeMar (@CharlieDeMar) October 13, 2022
Walker’s niece went on to say that she felt law enforcement’s “hands were tied,” but that his death “changed the trajectory of our lives.”
“I feel like their hands were tied or maybe there was something that could have been done differently. It has changed the trajectory of our lives. It’s leaving a big hole.”
A contentious relationship between landlord and tenant, culminating in a screaming fight in Night Of Murder
On Wednesday, a prosecutor at Kolalou’s bond hearing noted that she had a contentious relationship with Walker, and things escalated into a screaming fight the night of the murder, authorities say.
Police also confirmed that Walker had posted an eviction notice on Kolalou’s door the day before her death.
“That very well could be what made the defendant very angry and commit this horrific act,” Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told ABC7 at the time.
Look at! Here’s another photo of the killer, Sandra Kolalou… pic.twitter.com/IjiUmQ5Yqy
— John Gamble 🇦🇶 (@JohnGamble1590) October 15, 2022
Kolalou is also charged with concealing a homicidal death and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and is currently being held without bail, according to the outlet.
the New York Post reported that earlier this year, Kolalou had previously been charged with assault to cause bodily harm.
Meanwhile, Walker’s family has organized a Facebook fundraiser to cover cremation and funeral expenses, which will take place on Saturday.
Landlord Survived by Husband, Facebook Fundraiser Set Up for Funeral and Cremation Expenses
Walker leaves behind her husband, a Bulgarian immigrant, as well as several siblings and relatives, according to the Post.
He played the organ at the Reina de los Apóstoles Parish for more than 20 years, the church’s music director told ABC7.
BREAKING: Detective Chief Brendan Deenihan announces first-degree murder charges against 36-year-old Sandra Kolalou. The victim was found dead on October 10 at her residence in the 5900 block of N. Washtenaw. @ChicagoCAPS20 #chicagopolice https://t.co/0Saml9dndi pic.twitter.com/Q4EP9h5HgH
—Tom Ahern (@TomahernCPD) October 12, 2022
“[Walker] he was always very kind and very helpful, he always came with joy in his heart and he was happy to be on the organ,” Stuart Thompson, music director of Queen of Apostles Parish, told ABC7.
A neighbor added that the neighborhood has not been the same since news of Walker’s death broke.
“It’s really devastating, I even had a hard time getting home last night. I stayed at my friend’s house. I felt safer with his parents and stuff,” said Raymond Truong.
Kolalou is scheduled to return to court on October 31, the Post reports.
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