Man abducted his children after killing estranged wife, prosecutors say

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CHICAGO — The suburban man accused of murdering his estranged wife and abducting his two young children was denied bail Saturday.

Prosecutors allege Lynn Washington fatally shot his wife in her back at a gas station Wednesday before abducting the couple's children, setting off an Amber Alert. The children were found safe at their grandmother's house 17 hours after the alert was issued.

During a bond hearing Saturday, prosecutors said Washington and 27-year-old Lakisha Roby were going through "a contentious divorce." Roby previously procured an order of protection against Washington. He was not allowed to contact Roby or the couple's two children.

Washington is charged with first-degree murder and abduction.

Authorities said Roby was killed at a gas station near 167th Street and Pulaski Road on Wednesday. She had called 911 to say she was being followed by her ex-husband, according to Assistant State's Attorney Maria McCarthy.

Roby died of a gunshot wound to her back.

A man who was also present was not wounded, prosecutors said.

Roby’s friends have organized a balloon release for 5 p.m. Saturday at the gas station where she was murdered.

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