Crystal Benford, 36

Chicago, Illinois
August 22, 2004

Agencies: Cook County sheriff’s office Illinois | Cook County State Attorney's Office Illinois

Cause of death: Shooting

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Cook County sheriff's correctional officer Jacque Jenkins, 39, reportedly fatally shot his wife, Crystal Benford, and critically wounded his stepdaughter, Teleza Benford, before  turning the gun on himself in their apartment. According to police, Jenkins and Benford were quarreling at about 3 a.m. when Jenkins shot her several times. Police said that when Teleza Benford ran out of her bedroom after hearing the gunshots, Jenkins chased her around the apartment, shooting her several times. Teleza Benford called 911 before collapsing.

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