CPD officer’s daughter dies after SUV driver rams her against tree

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A Chicago police officer’s daughter died Friday night after the driver of an SUV rammed her against a tree and ran over her multiple times after an argument in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Tatyanna Lewis, 18, of the Burnside neighborhood, was killed after an argument with a 24-year-old woman just after 11 p.m. in the 11400 block of South May, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Lewis was the daughter of a Chicago Police officer, Chicago Police confirmed Sunday night.

Lewis and the woman argued before the older woman got into an SUV and drove up onto the sidewalk and rammed Lewis into a tree, said community activist Andrew Holmes, who said he was working with Lewis’ family. The woman then backed up the SUV and ran over Lewis at least two more times.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Chynna Stapleton | Chicago Police

Chynna Stapleton | Chicago Police

The 24-year-old woman drove off afterward, but was later taken into custody, police said. The woman, later identified as Chynna Stapleton, has since been charged with first-degree murder.

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Holmes added that there was a young child in the back seat of the SUV during the “tragic event,” which stemmed from a feud on social media.

“A woman is dead and also a child will lose their mother,” he said.

Holmes encouraged anyone who witnessed the attack, or who took video of the incident, to contact authorities.

“It’s unfortunate that there might have been people there that didn’t try to defuse the situation,” he said.

An autopsy Sunday found that Lewis died of multiple blunt force injuries from being struck by a vehicle, according to the medical examiner’s office. Her death was ruled a homicide.

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