Police: Glendale Heights murder was random

December 21, 2007 8:30:19 PM PST
Police made an arrest Thursday in the murder of a west suburban man shot while walking his dog early Wednesday. Investigators say Corey Krueger was the victim of a random attack.

Police are still working on this investigation, but they say they have enough evidence at this point to file charges against a 19-year-old in the murder, Isaias Beltrain.

Police are charging Beltrain with murder. They say he is someone who apparently did not know the victim in this case, Corey Krueger. Police found Krueger's body lying on the ground near his home, about 50 feet from his front steps, early Wednesday morning. He had a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead later that morning.

Police say they believe that Beltrain had run into Krueger and tried to rob him. Krueger was on his way to work. He had been warming up his car in his driveway.

Police had stopped a car that Beltrain was in a short time before Krueger was shot, but Beltrain had run away from the car.

Krueger's friends and family say they are grateful to police for solving this case so quickly.

"I definitely feel that justice will be served. And that's all I can ask for. There's nothing that can come out of this. And it's just absolutely sad that somebody can have such disregard for life. And it happens every day. And it's absolutely absurd. And it needs to stop," said Kristin Krueger, widow.

"There's relief that some dangerous people have been removed from the street. But that doesn't change the fact that she lost a husband and her son does not have a father," said Brian Ratliff, family friend.

Ratliff is with a church in Glendale Heights that has started a fund to try to help raise money for the family that Corey Krueger has left behind, a 4-year-old son and his wife.

The family was in the process of being evicted from their home when Corey was murdered.

Fund setup for Corey Krueger's family:

Family in Lutheran Church
1480 Bloomingdale Road
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

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