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Police continue looking for clues in Brother Rice teacher’s slaying

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Updated: February 25, 2014 6:34AM



Investigators are scouring a slain Brother Rice business teacher’s electronic devices looking for information that could lead to his killer, an Orland Park police official said Thursday.

Orland Park Police Cmdr. John Keating said investigators “have quite a few leads” into the stabbing death of Al Filan, who was found Tuesday on the floor of his Orland Park home’s kitchen. Keating declined to offer specifics.

“It’s customary in any investigation, we’re always looking at who the victim is in communication with, whether it’s the cell phone, the house phone, the computers, laptops, anything,” Keating said. “We always want to know who has contact or who has had contact with the victim.”

Keating attended a briefing on the investigation at the Orland Park Police Station on Thursday. The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is working with Orland Park on the investigation. No announcements to the media came from that meeting.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, after an autopsy Wednesday, determined Filan, 61, had been stabbed multiple times and ruled his death a homicide.

Keating declined to reveal how many times Filan was stabbed, or what was used to stab him. It’s not unusual in murder investigations for police to keep some information close to the vest rather than tip off potential suspects or others.

“Some people are ‘professional witnesses,’ where they just want to get involved and get their name in the paper,” Keating said.

Meanwhile, Brother Rice High School officials said a closed Mass for school students, faculty and personnel will be said in Filan’s memory at the school’s chapel on Jan. 31. Filan, a business teacher and head of the business department there, had taught at Brother Rice for nearly 40 years.

Filan’s body was found on the kitchen floor of his home after Brother Rice officials requested a well-being check when he failed to show up for school Tuesday morning.

Contributing: Mike Nolan



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