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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

OBIT, FPPD says Brandon Washington died by accident [FP]

Forest Park Review (Seth Stern):
Investigators have ruled out foul play in the death of Brandon Washington, a 16-year-old Chicago resident who was found dead on the CTA tracks at the Forest Park Blue Line station earlier this year, declaring the cause of death an accident.

Does anyone know what the family says?

A little Google research shows that a large percentage of homicides go unsolved. The FBI says that in 2004 62.6% of homicides were solved. Other sources for other years tend to claim lower rates of solving crimes.

One source pointed out that homicides where no arrest is made in the first 48 hours get solved at a very low rate.

Washington may have died by accident. But I can definitely see a police department wanting to close the books on a case with no leads.

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