Racial Justice Activist Found Dead, Stabbed, In Chicago

Last weekend in Chicago, a young woman who was spoken highly of by her family and others for her work in what she called racial justice was found stabbed to death.

This past weekend, Anat Kimchi, aged 31, was found in the street this past weekend with two stab wounds in her back. She was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital upon discovery and was finally pronounced dead.

Chicago police found the woman, Anat Kimchi, 31, lying on the sidewalk with two stab wounds to her upper back around 4 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive,” stated Alexis McAdams, a reporter, on June 20th. “She was rushed to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.”

As stated in the local reports, Kimchi was described as a “brilliant criminology researcher.”

“Anat worked tirelessly in the field of criminal justice to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities in the justice system,” Stated the Kimchi family in a release, as recorded in a report sent from The Associated Press and WTOP.

“If news organizations want to respond to her death, coverage of issues related to racial and ethnic inequalities in the justice system would honor her life’s work,” the Family stated.

The Kimchi family “urged anyone interested in making a donation in her memory to contribute to the Equal Justice Initiative,” continued the report.

Kimchi, a native hailing from Israel, went to the University of Maryland at which she was seeking to obtain a degree in criminology and criminal justice. At the time of the incident, she was visiting a friend in Chicago.

The chair and professor of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the university, Gary La Free, stated that Kimchi was “a brilliant young scholar.”

“Anat was already a notably accomplished scholar, but more importantly she was a remarkable woman who was beloved by friends and family. Please keep her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers,” added La Free.

As stated in early reports, police made known that they were looking for a suspect who was potentially homeless and was a suspect in the attacks of two other women scant few days prior to this murder.

Subsequently, on Friday, Tony Robinson was taken into custody in relation to the incident.

As reported by WGN9 News, the man, aged 41, has been slammed with charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated robbery in the stabbing death of Kimchi.

“Robinson was identified on surveillance cameras and with the help of a cooperating witness,” added the report. “Robinson has also been linked to two other armed robberies this month, where he attacked a woman from behind and hit her with an object.”

“This defendant has, for lack of a better term, [been] terrorizing downtown in regards to the crimes he’s now facing charges,” stated James Murphy, the Assistant State’s Attorney, to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I don’t think that’s an unfair statement in any way, shape or form,” agreed Judge Charles Beach at the bond hearing. “These types of attacks and the randomness and violence cause a fear … The randomness of this is hard to explain and it’s hard to adapt to, and frankly, it is an act of terrorism on the community when it happens in this fashion.”

Robinson is currently be held with no bail.

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