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Chavez woman's death ruled homicide

June 10, 2014

KNOX — Starke County Coroner, Kris Rannells has released the preliminary autopsy results for Kimberly S. Chavez, 50, of Portage, who was found dead at the Knox home of her estranged husband Gary Chavez last Friday afternoon.
Rannells said findings revealed that Kimberly died as the result of multiple blunt force trauma. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Gary Chavez is still listed in critical condition at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.
At this time, Porter County has filed one count of carjacking, a Class C Felony against Chavez for a carjacking in Porter County that was part of Chavez's alleged crime spree on Friday, June 6 that crossed four county lines, involved three carjackings, an alleged hostage situation and involved multiple police agencies in a high-speed pursuit before the vehicle he was traveling in hit stop sticks thrown out by Crown Point Police and became stuck in gravel on I-65 South in Portage, when he attempted to execute a U-turn and head in the opposite direction.
When Police approached the vehicle, Chavez discharged a shot from his weapon into his face.
Chavez was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point and later airlifted to the Illinois hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Charges at the Starke County level were pending autopsy results and have not been released at this time.

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