A man has been charged with Monday night’s fatal stabbing of a woman who worked as a school administrator in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
Andre Brown, 26, stabbed 54-year-old Damita Collins once in the chest during a “domestic-related incident” in the 3500 block of West 77th Place at about 9:45 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Collins, who lived on the same block where she was stabbed, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:11 p.m., according to the 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.
Brown, who lived on the same block where the stabbing took place, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, police said. He is expected to appear in bond court Wednesday.