Damita Collins, 54, fatally stabbed in Ashburn

Damita Collins / Photo from LinkedIn

Damita Collins / Photo from LinkedIn

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A South Side pre-school administrator was fatally stabbed during a domestic fight in the Ashburn neighborhood Monday night, authorities said.

Damita Collins, 54, was stabbed once in the chest in the 3500 block of West 77th Place about 9:45 p.m. Monday, authorities said. Police described the attack as a “domestic-related incident.”

Collins, who lived on the block, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Collins was the site director of Trumbull Park Head Start Program, part of the Ada S. McKinley schools.

“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Damita Collins,” according to a letter distributed to school staff.

“Damita was involved in a fatal incident last night. Police are overseeing the matter. Our hearts go out to her family, the letter said.” The school has also made grief counseling available.

A spokesperson for the McKinley schools declined to comment on Collins’ death Tuesday afternoon.

A 26-year-old man was taken into custody and charges are pending Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Area South detectives are investigating.

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