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Autistic boy, 14, found fatally stabbed in River Grove

Police are investigating the death of Alex Spourdalakis, 14, who was found stabbed to death Sunday in his home in suburban River Grove.

The autistic teen lived with his mother in an apartment on the second floor of a building in the 8100 block of West Grand Avenue.

Spourdalakis was found stabbed to death is his bed.  Police also found his mother and a caregiver near the body.  They are hospitalized.

River Grove police responded to a call from a relative at about 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  They found the teen with multiple stab wounds to his chest.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Spourdalakis’ mother and the caregiver were semi-conscious. One was on the boy’s bed, the other was lying on the floor next to the bed.

The women did not have visible injuries.  They remain at Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park.

Officers did not find a weapon in the apartment.

The River Grove Police and Fire Departments have had contact with the autistic teen before.

Police Chief Rodger Loni says the teen would become violent and refuse to go to the hospital for routine appointments.  “He was a big, strong boy and he didn’t want to go to the hospital willingly so he had to be restrained when they took him for treatment,” Loni told WGN.

Chief Loni said police suspect foul play.  “But until we can talk to the mother and the caregiver it’s hard to say exactly what happened and how this young man was killed,” he said.

Police are still waiting to interview the boy’s mother and the caregiver.  They are also awaiting autopsy results from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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6 Comments to “Autistic boy, 14, found fatally stabbed in River Grove”

    Rileysmom said:
    June 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM
    Melissa said:
    June 10, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Just a tragedy, My prayers are with this family

    Nana said:
    June 10, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    As a grandmother of a severely autistic 15-yr-old boy, my heart is broken for this family and they are in my prayers.

    MariposaX said:
    June 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Let's look at this a tad more closely … restrained when he has to go to hospital … fights having to go to hospital … is there anyone else thinking the hostility of restraint might have something to do with his becoming aggressive? Such a tragedy!

    Rachel said:
    June 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    SUSPECT foul play?! Well duh!

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