Murder-suicide suspected in Edgewater apartment building deaths

Update: Jovan Cabrera’s death was ruled suicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A man found dead by police while executing a search warrant in Edgewater on Tuesday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said today.

Chicago police found Jovan Cabrera’s body while carrying out a search warrant on his 8th-floor apartment at 1062 West Bryn Mawr as they investigated the murder of his neighbor, Brittany Kinlow, one day earlier.

Brittany Kinlow and Jovan Cabrera | Instagram; CPD

A witness found Kinlow, 23, dead from a gunshot wound near the building’s laundry room on Monday afternoon. CPD’s investigation led them to Cabrera, according to a source. Based on the investigation, police believe that the deaths are a murder-suicide.

“We have lost our Angel, Brittany Kinlow (my niece)to gun violence,” Danielle Kinlow-Cephas wrote on Facebook. “She was scheduled to graduate college May 9th from UIC. Please keep our family in your thoughts prayers as we try to make sense of this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are torn to pieces. πŸ’œπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜””

Dispatchers found no records of 911 calls about gunfire or other unusual activity in the building before Kinlow was found. Police were seen coming and going from the 8th floor of the building on Monday evening, but it is unclear why investigators turned their attention toward Cabrera.

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