New details shed light on Aurora stabbing death
By Erika Wurst firstname.lastname@example.org September 12, 2013 3:34PM
Friends constructed a memorial Wednesday in front of the home of 31-year-old Lamar House, who was found by police early Tuesday morning unconscious and suffering from an apparent stab wound. House was pronounced dead about an hour later at an Aurora hospital. | Jenette Sturges~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:10AM
New details about the recent stabbing death of an Aurora man shed light on what happened the evening Lamar House was found not breathing inside an Aurora home.
Court records, which were filed to obtain permission to search the North Ohio Street home where 31-year-old House was killed on Sept. 3, show the man and his 19-year-old girlfriend had been fighting prior to her call to 9-1-1.
At around 3:30 a.m. she called to report that House was having an apparent asthma attack.
When first responders arrived, they found House lying on the floor in a bedroom, unconscious and not breathing. Next to him, investigators found a bag of what appeared to be crack cocaine, court records said. The bedroom was in a “state of disarray.” A TV had been smashed nearby where paramedics attempted to save House’s life, according to the court records.
House’s girlfriend told police that she and House got into a verbal argument when he told her to go into a different room. She later told police the two had been fighting, and it turned physical. She said that House was upset about being made fun of by his friends for the way his girlfriend had been treating him.
Elaborating, the woman told police that House beat her during the argument. She admitted striking him as well during the fight.
Witnesses, who were in the home when police arrived, reported hearing the couple fighting that evening.
A juvenile told officers that he attempted to enter the room where the two were arguing, but that the door was locked. When the woman opened the door, the witness said he saw House lying on the floor, struggling to breath, with blood coming from his mouth.
Investigators said the witness reported that the broken television had not been smashed earlier that evening.
Paramedics attempted to save House, who was transported to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m.
When his body was examined, a small puncture wound was located on House’s chest. The coroner reported that House’s wound appeared to have been cleaned.
Police took the woman into custody, and immediately filed for a search warrant at the home.
They were granted permission by a Kane County judge, and recovered multiple pieces of evidence, according to court records.
Photos, video and swabs were taken from the scene, along with the smashed television, pieces of an orange plastic comb, a broom handle, a folding knife, a bedsheet and two cell phones.
Police said that during her interview with investigators, the woman said she allegedly stabbed House with the sharp part of the comb. She was released later that evening without charges.
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said he met with investigators about the case on Thursday morning, and that they are continuing to look into what happened, and any possible charges that may be filed.
Records show that police had been called to the home previously on Aug. 20 for a domestic dispute between the young woman and her mother.
House’s death marks Aurora’s third killing of 2013.