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Domestic violence: Man charged with first degree murder of Christian Duarte, woman stabbed to death, Cicero, IL police say

CICERO, Ill. — A man was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, a mother of three, in Cicero, the police said.

Cicero police responded to a call for a well-being check in the 5400 block of West 22nd Place Wednesday when they found a woman unresponsive. The woman, identified as Christian Duarte, was pronounced dead at the scene and suffered stab wounds and blunt force trauma, according to Cicero police.

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Esteban Basaldua, Duarte’s on-and-off boyfriend, met police at the scene, police said. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder following an investigation.

Basaldua admitted to the crime several times, the police said, and his relationship with Duarte had a history of domestic violence.

He is being held at the Cook County Department of Corrections without bond.

Duarte had three children under the age of nine, the police said.

Source: ( Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2021.)

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