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Murder in Mundelein

By Kelly Tansor, Copy Editor (

There is no easy way to begin a story like this.  A 14-year-old girl from Mundelein is being charged with stabbing her 11-year-old sister – not once, not twice, but as many as 40 times.  This comes as a shock to the quiet and peaceful Chicago suburb as well as friends and neighbors of the family.  It is incredibly shocking that something as gruesome as this could happen between two young girls.

11-year-old Dora Betancourt was found unconscious in her home one morning after her 14-year-old sister called police, claiming an intruder had broken into her home, stabbed her sister, and ran away.  Because of this, three local schools were placed on lockdown for a brief time as a safety measure.  Soon enough, though, the shocking truth came out – the 14-year-old sister (who is unnamed as of now due to her being in juvenile court) had repeatedly stabbed the young girl as she lay in bed because she felt she was ‘ungrateful.’

The teen felt unappreciated after doing several chores, including making dinner. Reportedly, there was a fight between the two sisters the night before.  The teen claims her younger sister had hit her during this argument.  This comes as a surprise to neighbors and loved ones, who always saw the sisters playing and doing cheerleading routines together.  The teen constantly took care of her younger sister. One mourner stated that she “pretty much played mom so her mom could work. She felt her sister didn’t appreciate her.”  Both girls were being raised by a single mother (who was not home at the time of the incident), so it is no surprise the teen felt like she had to be a second parent.

The teen has pleaded not guilty to the charges and her lawyer, Michael Conway, is requesting a psychological evaluation for his client.  If found guilty, she could be sentenced to a juvenile corrections facility until she is 21 years old.  If she had been 15, she automatically would have been sent to adult court where, if convicted, she would face 20 to 60 years in a penitentiary, according to Illinois law.

With so much violence in today’s world, it is truly heart-wrenching to see a gruesome murder like this unfold that involves two young sisters.  It leaves many people speechless to think that one day, these two young girls can be playing outside together and practicing cheerleading, and the next day one of them is murdered, and the other sister is accused of stabbing her.  Just like that, a shred of that youthful innocence is gone.


1 Comment

  1. david tansor says:

    Good story, proud of you. Keep up the great writing.

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