A 19-year-old Humboldt Park neighborhood man was charged Friday night with killing the mother of his child and hiding her body in a plastic container in a forest preserve in River Forest, police said.
The victim was identified this morning as Jasmin Salas, 20, of the 800 block of North Richmond Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Justino Correa, of the 1000 block of North Richmond Street, was charged with first-degree murder and concealing a homicide, police said. Correa is expected to appear in court today.
Lazaro Salas, Jasmin Salas' 30-year-old brother, said his sister had ended an "abusive relationship" with Correa two years ago. She had been taking classes to become a social worker as a result.
"She promised herself she would help out other people in abusive relationships," said Lazaro Salas.
She had a 4-year-old girl named Jaylene from her relationship with Correa. Sales and Correa have been in court since they broke up as Correa has been fighting for joint custody, her brother said.
He called his sister a devoted mother and said the last time he spoke to his sister she was on her way to drop off Jaylene at preschool and was "talking about missing her child already."
The girl was the only reason Jasmin Salas saw Correa after they broke up, according to her brother.
"She loved her daughter dearly. She was loved by her nieces and nephews," Lazaro Salas said. "It's upsetting knowing they're going to grow up without [her]."
The woman was seeing another man and was 5-months pregnant with his child when she was killed, according to her brother. He recalled a noticeable change in her personality after she left Correa.
"She was actually happy, always smiling," said Lazaro Salas.
Correa was arrested after police officers responded to a battery report at Norwegian-American Hospital Thursday night where they spoke with Correa who told them he’d suffered a cut to his right hand during domestic fight with the mother of his child, according to an arrest report.
Correa told officers that during the fight he killed Salas, placed her in a box, and put her in the forest preserve, the report said.
Correa was arrested at Norwegian-American Hospital Thursday at 7:55 p.m. It is his first arrest, police said.
An autopsy Friday by the medical examiner's office determined Salas died of multiple combined stab and incise wounds and her death was ruled a homicide.
The remains had been found at 8100 Chicago Avenue in River Forest Thursday night, about 10 p.m. Thursday, according to the medical examiner's office.
Karen Vaughan, the director of communications for the Cook County forest preserves, said that remains had been found at Thatcher Woods and that forest preserve police were on the scene Thursday night. She did not have a specific time for when the remains were found or a specific location within the forest preserve. She said that Chicago police are handling the investigation.