Although at first thought to be a random violent crime, police say the victim of a fatal stabbing on a Chicago elevated train and her attacker knew each other.
The 25-year-old woman was identified as Jessica Hampton, according to television station WGN-TV. She and a man were arguing over a child at about 12:30 p.m., while the train was moving when the man wielded a knife and stabbed her multiple times, said Chicago police spokesman John Escalante.
“It was an ongoing domestic argument between a couple, a male and female, on one of the CTA trains,” Escalanted told WGN. “As the train approached 47th Street, the male stabbed the female.”
Family members told the Chicago Tribune that Hampton had a young daughter. She had recently began dating a young man, but they did not have much information about him and it is unclear if that person was her assailant.
Witnesses on the train told the Tribune the man who attacked Hampton asked her a question, but when she responded “no,” the man stood up and began to stab her.
“She was fighting back, she was crying ‘help me, help me!'” said Andrea Patterson who was sitting near Hampton when the attack started. He dropped the knife briefly, but picked it up and resumed. Other people ran from the train car. “As the doors opened on the train, he walked off, stepped over her body and walked off like nothing happened.”
The man was taken into custody by police after the incident without struggle and charges were pending against him. He was taken to a hospital for injuries sustained in the altercation. His name has not yet been released.