Residents of the Fairview Homes said a young mother was stabbed in the street and taken away in an ambulance Monday morning.
“She was a sweet young lady, a sweet young girl with kids,” said a neighbor of Marcedes Flakes, 28. The neighbor declined to give her name.
Flakes was stabbed in the back and died at 7:40 a.m. Monday at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.
There was a strong police presence on Fairmont Avenue on Monday morning and blood in the street in front of a residence on Fairmont near Cardinal Lane.
Flakes lived up the street on Fairmont, according to court records.
Another neighbor, who also declined to give her name, said Flakes was stabbed about 6:30 a.m.
“Poor baby,” she said. “That’s so sad.”
The neighbor said three of Flakes’ four children were home at the time of the fatal knife attack.
The Housing Authority of Joliet announced in July that the demolition of the Fairview Homes was to start in November.
“They’re supposed to be giving everybody their vouchers [for new housing], but they’re taking [it] so slow,” the first neighbor said.
The Joliet police said officers responding to a report of a “female subject down” found Flakes mortally wounded in the street, the police said in a written statement, which also noted they had identified a suspect in the case.
“Investigators are currently pursuing leads on a person of interest,” police said.
Court records show that Flakes was twice charged with stabbing a Joliet man with whom she has a child. The case was dismissed both times.
The same man was charged twice with battering Flakes.
Two of the domestic battery cases filed against the man were dismissed. A third domestic battery charge was amended to a charge of battery.