Family Of Woman, 82, Beaten To Death In Chicago Heights Wants Answers

Mike Krauser
May 30, 2018 - 12:39 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The family of an 82-year-old Chicago Heights woman who was beaten to death in her home on Sunday afternoon in what’s believed to have been a home invasion robbery are asking the person or persons responsible to turn themselves in.

Family members gathered Wednesday outside the home of Austrialia Landingham near 23rd and Halsted as a crime scene clean-up crew worked inside. 

Isiah Allen is the victim’s nephew. 

“My auntie has been here over sixty years in this house. We as a family, this is still a dream to us because she loved everybody....Everybody. She loved God. She loved people. She loved her family. She would give you anything. So whoever done it, if you are out there and you are listening, turn yourself in," Allen said. 

Activists Eric Russell, Tio Hardiman and Amina Matthews spent time with the family and passed out flyers. 

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Russell said, “We’re outraged. Mrs. Landingham could have been your mother or my mother.  This is why we are outraged.” 

Hardiman said, “It took a crazy person to beat this person to death.” 

And Matthews said, “If you are in the sound of my voice, do the right thing, man, really, you do not want them demons.” 

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Austrailia Landingham was beaten to death on Sunday afternoon in what’s believed to have been a home invasion robbery as family members were away.  Officers responded Sunday to a 911 call that a person had fallen down stairs at a home in the 2300 block of South Halsted, according to Chicago Heights police.

Landingham was found unresponsive at her home in the block when emergency responders arrived, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy Monday found she died from multiple blunt force injuries in an assault, the medical examiner’s office said. He death was ruled a homicide.

She and her husband were about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.   

Chicago Heights Police are working with the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force on the case.  Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at (708) 756-6422.