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Aurora man charged with murder in woman’s killing

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Christopher Whetstone, 45, of the 500 block of Charles Street, has been charged in connection with the death of Rachel Taylor, 22, of the 1000 block of Garfield Avenue, that occurred at around 8:25 p.m. Monday, Aurora officials announced late Wednesday. | Submitted

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Updated: January 16, 2014 11:14AM



AURORA – The Kane County State’s Attorney’s office has charged a 45-year-old Aurora man with first-degree murder after he allegedly shot a woman to death during an apparent domestic disturbance Monday night.

Christopher Whetstone, 45, of the 500 block of Charles Street, has been charged in connection with the death of Rachel Taylor, 22, of the 1000 block of Garfield Avenue, that occurred at around 8:25 p.m. Monday, Aurora officials announced late Wednesday.

Bail for Whetstone was set at $2 million Thursday. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 5 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

Whetstone and Taylor were engaged in an argument outside of a home just down the street from Whetstone’s when he allegedly shot her multiple times in the abdomen and ran from the scene. He was taken into custody without incident by Aurora police about 10 minutes after the shooting in the area of Plum Street and West Park Avenue.

Taylor was taken to Presence Mercy Medical Center by Aurora Fire Department paramedics and was pronounced dead at 9:46 p.m., Monday.

Taylor and Whetmore had two children together, according to Paulette Taylor, Rachel’s adoptive mother.

Whetstone is scheduled to appear for video bond call Thursday morning at the Aurora police lockup, according to Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli.



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