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$10 million goes to family of 2005 Edgewater murder victim

6151 N. Winthrop Ave. Credit: forrent.com

The family of Melissa Dorner was recently awarded $10 million by a Cook County jury. 21 year old Dorner was found beaten and strangled in her apartment at 6151 N. Winthrop Ave. on January 24, 2005, the apparent victim of a robbery. Local residents may recall the case, as it was quite brutal and shocking. The fact that it remained unsolved for some time only added to the uneasiness of the situation. Roughly a year after the murder, suspect Roberto Ramirez was detained in Mexico after police determined that his hair, clothing and other evidence was found in Dorner’s apartment. Ramirez was a former resident of the building, which Dorner had moved into only five months prior to her murder.

Lawyers for Dorner’s family contended that building management should have taken a prior accusation against Ramirez more seriously, as another woman alleged he had assaulted her. Joint liability was decided by the jury, with Ramirez responsible for 90% of the $10 million award. The building’s management and owner were found responsible for 10%, though it remains to be seen exactly how Dorner’s family will be compensated. Ramirez is currently serving a 50 year sentence for the crime.


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