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Karalynn McNicholas, 18 May 10, 2018 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Updated: Nov 26, 2022

MISSING Karalynn McNicholas of Mount Greenwood was a nursing student at St. Xavier University on the South Side of Chicago and was working at a rehab center with senior citizens. She was last seen leaving her home May 10, 2018 near 111th Street and Central Park around 8:30 P.M. A missing persons report was made by her family.

FOUND An unidentified body was found the next day by a neighbor about 7:20 A.M. on South Maplewood Avenue in Chicago Lawn, a Chicago neighborhood and called 911. Her cell phone and purse were missing. So was her car.

CORONER The autopsy confirmed she had been strangled. Karalynn’s death was ruled a homicide. Stuffing her body in to her car and then dumping her body in a backyard before taking her car following an argument.

SUSPECT Trevon Clark, 20 was charged with First Degree Murder and Possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The Chicago Tribune reported Karalynn met the suspect online, and finally met in person May 4, 2018. On May 10th, Karalynn & Clark with another unidentified person went in his basement apartment on the 6400 block of South Francisco Avenue, when the two began arguing. Clark then grabbed her, used both of his hands and arms to strangle Karalynn, when the witness saw her body “go limp” and fall to the floor. Clark then shoved her body in to a rear storage compartment of her own car and drove off while the witness sat in the front passenger seat.  When they reached the 6000 block of South Maplewood Avenue, Clark dumped her body in a backyard.

The Chicago Tribune stated that her vehicle was finally spotted in August, “a 2014 silver Kia Sorento was spotted near Clark’s home with ‘major modifications’, including an oscillating light in its top, different license plates, reflective stickers and a roadside repair service label, belonging to a business that Clark recently opened. The license plate was traced to Clark’s address which he’d been living in May 2018. “When officers saw the car and pulled it over, the driver at the time told officer he was driving McNicholas’car with Clark’s permission, because Clark was out of town”.

COURT Clark is being held without bond. His next court appearance is April 13, 2020 in Cook County Leighton Criminal Court MORE CHARGES In an interesting twist, The Patch reported that in June 2019 Clark got hit with other charges “on accusations he tried to have a prosecutor and witness in the case killed. Cook County Sheriff's police learned earlier this month that Clark was trying to find a hitman and on June 18 said Clark met with an undercover Sheriff's officer pretending to be one. Clark, 21 offered to pay the undercover officer $5,000 to kill the two people — who according to the Chicago Sun-Times were a prosecutor and witness involved in the McNicholas murder case — according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office. He now faces additional charges: two counts of solicitation of murder and two counts of solicitation of murder for hire.”

My heart and thoughts are with Karalynn’s family and all those who loved her. May justice be swift…

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