Why did Sandra Kolalou kill Frances Walker? Slain woman's family says cops were called ‘many times’ to home
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Authorities are believed to have found a possible motive behind the tragic case of a landlord whose dismembered body was discovered and put inside a freezer earlier this month. The grieving family of Frances Walker, 69, claimed that police were contacted several times in the past over the tenant Sandra Kolalou, 36, who is accused of killing Walker. After Kolalou moved in, Walker allegedly ran into a lot of problems. She posted an eviction notice on the suspect's door the day before the murder on October 10, according to Cook County prosecutors.
Walker's relatives informed ABC 7 that despite numerous attempts, she tragically failed to get Kolalou out of her house. The family also claimed that they had phoned the police for assistance but despite five police officers arriving at the door, the tenant couldn't be evicted. The landlady's brother Jerome Walker claimed, "The whole situation is hard for me. It's easy for me to talk about her but it's hard for me." One of the renters reported Frances missing on October 10.
Walker's neighbors began to wonder why she hadn't been seen doing her usual weekend activities. Tenants heard screaming coming from the building at the beginning of the week, as they reported her missing. Tenants further reported that Kolalou sent a tow truck to the structure and told the driver to drive while threatening them with a knife. The police found a bag where the driver was directed, containing rags soaked in blood. They went to Walker's apartment later and found her body in the freezer.
At a press conference, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan of the Chicago Officers Department said, “When the police arrived, that individual told the police there was another suspect who lived in the residence who the other tenants were afraid of. And that suspect had recently called a tow truck and carried a heavy bag out to the tow truck. Based upon that evidence the detectives were able to go into the residence, and they eventually discovered human remains in a freezer.”
Kolaluo allegedly used large butcher knives to carve up the landlady's body and then stuffed her remains in a freezer, cops said.
Neighbors remember Walker was a cherished resident of her neighborhood as well as the organist for her local church. Cory Walker, her niece, recalled saying, "She played the church organ at funerals. She was so kind, she gave everyone a chance." Services for Walker are set for this week while her suspected killer is behind bars.