Family, community to march for woman killed in Worth
By Nick Swedberg Correspondent March 29, 2014 6:08PM
Updated: May 1, 2014 7:27AM
The family of an 18-year-old woman killed in Worth is planning a march before Tuesday’s village board meeting in an effort to get more answers about her death.
Rebecca Tully, the mother of Brittany Wawrzyniak, spoke before a crowd of about 150 people Saturday afternoon, encouraging them meet near spot where her daughter died in November and bring questions for village officials.
“This is the most important fight I’m ever going to have to fight for her,” Tully said.
Worth police have released little information about the death but have called it an accident. Their investigation led to the arrest of Eric S. Johnson, 20, of Midlothian, who is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
Cook County prosecutors said Wawrzyniak jumped from a car after buying anti-anxiety pills.
About 1,200 fliers for Saturday’s meeting were passed out, Tully said. She said people she never had met showed up and listened to her talk about what the family has managed to piece together about Wawrzyniak’s death.
Wawrzyniak graduated from Shepard High School in Palos Heights and was a student at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.
A Facebook page created in Wawrzyniak’s memory, “RIP Brittany Wawrzyniak,” has collected more than 7,800 likes.
The village board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Terrace Center, 11500 Beloit Ave. March participants were told to meet about 6:45 p.m. at the Worth boat launch, two blocks west of Harlem Avenue on 115th Street.