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.