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Woman, Fatally Stabbed, Found In Chicago River Near Lane Tech High School

Police say the woman had been stabbed multiple times.

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LAKEVIEW — The body of a 22-year-old woman was found in the Chicago River in Lakeview on Sunday, according to police.

Two residents spotted the woman in the water around midnight Sunday near the 3400 block of North Rockwell Street, just behind the Lane Tech College Prep campus, police said.

Chicago Police Marine Unit and Chicago Fire Department crews removed the woman’s body from the water. She was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Officer later identified her as Yesenia Venegas of the 1400 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in Humboldt Park.

An official cause of her death was not immediately determined but police initially said she had been stabbed multiple times. Detectives have launched a homicide investigation.

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