Andre Brown charged in Ashburn fatal stabbing

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Andre Brown, 26.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Andre Brown, 26, was charged in the fatal stabbing of 54-year-old Damita Collins on Chicago's Southwest Side.

Brown, of the 3500-block of West 77th Place, was charged with first-degree murder. He is due in bond court on Wednesday.

Police found Collins with fatal stab wounds to her chest and neck in her home around 9:45 p.m. Monday. The suspect and the victim lived on the same block in Chicago's Ashburn neighborhood. Investigators said the stabbing was domestic-related.

Collins was the site director of Trumbull Park Head Start Program, part of the Ada S. McKinley schools. A letter distributed to school staff mourned her death.

"Damita was involved in a fatal incident last night," the letter said. "Police are overseeing the matter. Our hearts go out to her family."

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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