Eyewitness Details Deadly Stabbing in Palatine

A woman who saw everything, details the events leading up to and surrounding the deadly stabbing in Palatine.

Yellow police tape lined the courtyard at the apartment complex at 773 E. Rand Grove Lane in Palatine, Monday afternoon.

Huddled in small groups, neighbors surrounded the crime scene where Palatine resident, 21-year-old Corey Frazier was stabbed to death Sunday night.

“Yesterday, they were fighting all day,” Rand Grove Village resident Gayle Wilson said she witnessed the stabbing and the events that led up to Frazier’s death. “I saw everything," said Wilson, “I just wasn’t expecting it to go as far as it did.”

According to Wilson, Frazier got into an argument with another man who was staying at apartment complex with his sister. The two men lived just a couple buildings away from one another at the 700 block of E. Rand Grove Lane in Palatine. 

“They had an altercation earlier that day,” after a verbal dispute Wilson said Frazier back toward the building where he and his girlfriend shared a third floor apartment.

Seated on a bench in the middle of the courtyard, just outside of Frazier’s apartment building, Wilson said she heard the 21-year-old say, ‘I’m not trying to go back to jail today.’ Wilson thought Frazier’s comment meant the altercation had ended but just minutes later, Frazier returned to the courtyard.

“He went inside and then came back out with three of his homies,” each armed with a knife, Wilson said the four men headed toward the apartment where the man was staying with sister.

“That’s when he told me to get inside,” Wilson said she ignored Frazier and stayed put. From the bench in front of Frazier's apartment, Wilson watched Frazier and his friends approach the man who was sitting in a chair in front of his sister's building. “That’s who it was,” Wilson said, “That is who stabbed Corey.”

In shock, Wilson said she froze as she watched Frazier walk back across the courtyard, toward the bench where she was sitting. “He walked across the volleyball court holding his side and this is where is finally had to stop,” said Wilson as she pointed to the bench in front of Frazier’s apartment building.

“He could only make it as far as this bench, so I got up and he plopped down right where I was sitting.” At that time, Wilson said Frazier was still talking,  “He said he had been stabbed and he was bleeding a lot.”

According to the eyewitness, Wilson said Frazier’s friends ripped off the 21-year-old’s shirt and tried to stop the bleeding. “I saw at least three stab wounds but there was blood everywhere,” said Wilson. Frazier was stabbed multiple times in the torso, according to the Palatine Police Department. 

Initially called to respond to a fight in progress, police arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. on Sunday. “They tried to revive him,” Wilson said, “But he kept saying he couldn’t breathe.” The 21-year-old was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m.

“He died over a dog, that’s just sad," Wilson said the whole fight between the two men began over a dog.  According to Wilson, Frazier bought a pit bull from the man a few weeks ago but the 21-year-old was upset over the deal.

Immediately after the stabbing, Wilson said the man who she believes is responsible immediately fled the scene but she and several other witnesses were able to identify him to police.

“They got him,” Wilson shouted in the courtyard around 4 p.m. Monday, “The police have him.”

Less than an hour later, the Palatine Police Department issued a statement confirming they had a suspect in custody. Palatine Police Cmdr. Kurt Schroeder said, “Detectives have located the murder weapon and are questioning the suspect at this time.”

According to police, the suspect, whose name has not been released, . On Monday, The suspect presented him at Police Headquarters with his attorney. 

Ellen August 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Do they allow dogs (the 4-legged ones) in that slum?
Sharday August 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Rand grove needs to b shut down...seriously nothing is being done about any crimes thats happening out here I wouldnt dare let my children play outside in rand grove again
Kris August 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Yeah nothing is being done at rand grove. I don't live there but i visit often and it gets worse every time i visit. After seeing the fights days before this incident and then hearing about this, I told my friends I am not interested in visiting again, god forbid anything happens to kids out there. It's not safe anymore and the management sucks
amber August 22, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Petty stupid garbage. People need to grow up. Was it really worth a life?
Hiram Walker August 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Denise August 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
3 babies no longer have a daddy because of some stupid shit.
Crystal Jimenez August 22, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Its weird how 4 men with knives attack 1 man and he doens't end up getting stabbed to death. I think sometimes the police just don't want the extra paperwork.
anthony velasco August 23, 2012 at 02:38 AM
you know what living close by Rand grove, i notice how worst it has gone it seems like theres not gonna be no stop to this. i know people that live there take advantage of it because of rent being less then 100 bucks. cheating the system. and they get away with it like nothing. I agree on rand grove needs to be shut down or be more strict on having the people who live there.
Kaitlin E. Rotes August 23, 2012 at 09:13 AM
Excuse me! Rent is not under 100 dollars. Seriously, saying that the police don't want to deal with the extra paperwork. I have known a lot of Palatine Police officers since I was very younger (not for a bad thing) because of a camp they volunteered for! All of them are amazing! So all of you stop being rude. I am feel sorry for the family and I think it is stupid that it was over a dog. It was horrible what I had to see on the night it happened but their were police men at there all night trying to figure out what happened.
anthony August 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I know what happened my sisters boyfriend was murdered and now my nephews don't have a father! Don't care if it was over a paper clip!! Murder is not the answer .. Now I have to watch my sister and nephews suffer forever.
Erica August 25, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I totally agree with you!
Erica August 25, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Are you kidding how is a murder respect?
Crystal Jimenez August 25, 2012 at 04:15 AM
If the police were doing their job then the guy would be in jail. My bro was hit by a man driving a truck and my bro was walking, the man did not do any time in jail. Seems like murder is ok now. My friend has lost his son and the police say its ok.
Mrs.Evans August 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM
No one deserves to die in a senseless act of violence. My prayers go out to the immediate family members and friends. Not everyone that lives there are abusing the system or are low lives. Crime exists because of external factors and it happens anywhere and everywhere. Sure you hear about it more in the low income section of Palatine but, I guarantee you that a white collar crime is happening right now on the other side of town! For those that don’t know what white collar crimes are it’s a financially motivated, nonviolent crime committed for illegal monetary gain. (Think rod blagojevich crime) The reality is that crime is never going to go away. What needs to change immediately is that property management/police and the whole community need to really come together and work as one. We cannot tolerate this any longer. We have to teach our children that violence is not the answer!!!


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