Two dead following apparent murder-suicide in North Aurora
By Matt Hanley and Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com October 30, 2012 5:18PM
A murder-suicide occured at Eden Supportive Living at 311 S. Lincolnway in North Aurora on Monday. The ambulance shown in this photo was at the building for a different reason on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 31, 2012 5:11PM
NORTH AURORA — Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at a North Aurora apartment complex.
According to police, officers were called to the Eden Supportive Living Center at 311 S. Lincolnway at 8:51 p.m. Monday for a man who was threatening to jump out of his third-floor window.
Security at the apartment building said the man in the window was a 58-year-old resident of the building. Police did not release the man’s identity Tuesday.
Just as officers arrived, the man jumped out of the window. He was taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center, then flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon.
When officers entered the man’s apartment, they found the body of Tomi Vandiver, 50, who lived in the same building. Police said Vandiver had been stabbed. Her body was cold to the touch and she was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Police said Vandiver had a romantic relationship with the 58-year-old man.
Apparently, police said, she had gone to the man’s apartment on Monday evening to collect some belongings before she was going to meet with another man who lived in the building. She never showed up to meet the other man, police said.
According to its website, Eden Supportive Living Center has about 150 residents between 22- and 64-years-old, all of whom have disabilities. It is geared toward people who do not need extensive levels of care. In an earlier interview, owners told The Beacon-News that residents needed to be able to administer their own medication and take care of their basic needs.
Ron Thiel, 52, a resident of the building, said he knew both victims. He said the two were “boyfriend and girlfriend, on and off.”
Thiel said the two had argued about the use of medications.
In the letter to residents from Eden officials, Vandiver was described as well-liked by all residents. She is survived by children, aunts and uncles, the letter said. Family members could not be reached for comment.
The Kane County coroner’s office was scheduled to conduct an autopsy on Vandiver’s body.
This case remains under investigation by North Aurora Police. Anyone with information is asked to call 630-897-8705, ext. 610. Anonymous tips may be left by calling 630-897-8705 and choosing option 3.