By Renee Trappe
Kane County may be on its way to a dubious re-
cord: the murder rate here could surpass the pre-
vious high set in 1979.
Already, 11 people have been shot, stabbed or
bludgeoned to death in urban' Kane County. Sixteen
homicides were reported in 1981.
The all-time Kane County murder rate high is 21,
reported in 1979.
And, as Coroner Mary Lou Kearns pointed out
last week, the long hot summer has just begun.
"We're up to 10 murders this year already,"
Kearns said last Wednesday.
The 11th, a 52-year-old Elgin man who died from
a blow to the head, was reported later that same
"We haven't even gotten to the hot summer yet,"
None of 1982's homicides have occurred in the tri
cities. Last year, an abused 5-year-old Batavia boy
died of head injuries, and a sheriff's deputy shot a
man in St. Charles Township.
That death was ruled a justifiable homicide.
In seven of the 1982 cases, murder was all in the
family � the victims were related to their assail-
ants, said a spokeswoman in Kearns's office.
Of the 11, two occurred in Elgin, two in Dundee
Township, five in Aurora, one in Carpentersville
and one in North Aurora.
In a recent Aurora slaying, a man was charged
with shooting his wife because she harassed him
during a card game, Kearns told the county public
Safety committee last Wednesday.
"More and more, homicides are occurring in
front of witnesses," she added.
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