A man stabbed his 3-year-old daughter to death Friday in Woodridge and then took his own life, police said.
Officers found Robert Bzdek, 34, dead at a home in the 2700 block of Meadowdale Lane around 4:30 p.m. Friday and his daughter Zuzanna still alive but with multiple stab wounds, according to the police.
Zuzanna was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where she died in surgery, police said.
No other details were released by police, who called the incident a murder-suicide.
“This is just a tragedy,” a female relative, who declined to give her name, said Saturday. “Nobody is ready to [talk].”
Zuzanna’s older brother created a website seeking donations to bury the little girl he called Zuzia.
“The whole family would really appreciate if each person contributed some sort of dollar amount for our cause, and, to every contributor, thank you sincerely for your time and support given such an atrocity,” Emanuel Szyszka wrote.
Emanuel Szyszka, the girl’s brother and the dead man’s stepson, said:
“My sister was a wonderful child that could brighten anyone’s day with
her glorious smile and charming personality. She loved the songs
‘Gangnam Style’ and ‘Pop Pop Americano,’ pleading with us in her cute
voice to constantly repeat the songs to the point of annoyance. She
loved to enjoy life, and although she sometimes had her spoiled
moments and would say she hated one of us, she would get over it in
minutes and want to play with us and have us chase her around.
“She will be deeply missed, and we will never forget her as long as we live.”
About what happened, he passed along his Facebook posting:
“At 4 p.m., I came home to grab my gymnastics stuff for practice, and
when exiting my room, I noticed bloody footsteps leading from the
bedroom. I knocked on his door and he said that he cut his feet on
glass. I went downstairs to leave and grab a drink for practice, but
something wasn’t right. So I tried looking through the bedroom window
to see what was going on. The curtains were shut and I couldn’t see
anything. I sprinted up the stairs and tried to force the door open to
no avail and my shouting for him falling on deaf ears. After calling
the cops, I learned that he had committed suicide by hanging himself
in the room. I watched as they carried out my limp sister out the
door, and heard the police say that she was still breathing. Not until
much later, did I learn that he had stabbed by precious Zuzia in the
chest before he hung himself. The doctors at the hospital worked their
hardest to try and save my angel, but they couldn’t and she was
pronounced dead around 4:50 p.m. In an attempt to escape the troubles
of the painful divorce, my stepfather killed my sister, and then
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