Hair stylist Trenton H. James Cornell-Duranleau was found stabbed to death Thursday night in a River North apartment.
The 26-year-old Cornell-Duranleau was found with multiple lacerations about 8:30 p.m. inside an apartment in the Grand Plaza Apartments in the 500 block of North State Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:05 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the Pilsen neighborhood.
An autopsy Thursday found he died of multiple sharp force injuries and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Cornell-Duranleau was a native of Michigan and a licensed cosmetologist. He had worked as a hair stylist for 26 years.
His family issued the following statement: “Our Family is deeply saddened by the death of our son. It is our hope that the person or persons responsible for his death are brought to justice. We are asking that you allow our family to process and grieve this tragedy PRIVATELY. We are asking all media outlets to not contact our family, friends or associates. When we have had sufficient time to morn our child’s passing, we will release a more in depth statement if we believe it is appropriate to do so.”
According to a letter sent to tenants by building management, police conducted a sweep of the building after finding the victim and “there is no information to suggest a security concern for the building.”
It said police are “exploring a variety of motives, including a possible domestic incident.”
No one was in custody as of Monday morning.
—Chicago Sun-Times Wire