Teen charged in decapitation ‘wanted to leave aunt a present’

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By Steve Schmadeke Tribune reporter

A teen has confessed to killing his aunt’s boyfriend with a hammer, then dismembering the body and placing the head on his aunt’s bed, according to prosecutors.

“He wanted to leave his aunt a present,” Assistant State’s Attorney Kingsley Sawyers said during a court hearing where Alexis Valdez, 18, was ordered held without bond.

After the slaying in the early hours of Christmas Day, Valdez called 911 to report a death and was asked if he had tried CPR, Sawyers said. Valdez laughed and told the dispatcher that the victim, Silvestre Diaz-Hernandez, 41 had been decapitated, she said.

Responding officers found Valdez covered in blood in a basement apartment in the 2500 block of North Kildare Avenue, authorities said.

Valdez had been living with his aunt and Diaz-Hernandez, and was supposed to work to help with expenses, authorities said.

But Valdez had stopped working and, on Tuesday night, went out for a beer with Diaz-Hernandez, Sawyers said.  When they returned to the apartment, Valdez grabbed a hammer he had hidden by the door and struck Diaz-Hernandez, she said.

Valdez told police he would have killed his aunt too, but she was still at a party, Sawyers said. Valdez was charged with first-degree murder, police said.


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