Carlos Herrera found stabbed to death in burning West Elsdon home

Carlos Herrera was found stabbed to death inside his burning West Elsdon home Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews found 22-year-old Carlos Herrera and 49-year-old Maria Herrera inside their home in the 3600 block of West 55th Place about 2:50 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

The blaze was initially reported as an explosion, but investigators later learned there was only a fire, according to a source.

Detectives believe the deaths may have stemmed from a home invasion, and that the fire was intentionally set, according to police. Fire officials said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

An autopsy determined Carlos Herrera died of multiple stab wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Autopsy results for Maria Herrera were inconclusive pending further investigation, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Nobody has been charged for the killing.

Area Central detectives are investigating.

— Sun-Times Media Wire

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