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4 | July 5, 2018 | The

4 | July 5, 2018 | The orland park prairie news opprairie.com More details on Orland’s murder-suicide investigation Bill Jones, Editor A preliminary police investigation revealed a 59-year-old man likely shot a 43-year-old woman “numerous” times June 24 before shooting himself in the parking lot of an Orland Park restaurant. Police responded at 5:19 p.m. June 24 to a report of gunshots in the parking lot of P.F. Chang’s, 14135 S. LaGrange Road, according to a press release issued the following morning by the Orland Park Police Department. Police reportedly arrived to find a man, later identified as Steven Shereyk, of Willow Springs and formerly of Frankfort, lying dead next to a vehicle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Inside the vehicle, police found a woman, later identified as Renee P. Isadore, of Chicago, dead from numerous gunshot wounds that “appear to have been “It was domestic-related as a result of a relationship they were having that ended recently. [He became] extremely obsessive.” Tim McCarthy — Orland Park Police chief, on the alleged murder-suicide outside of P.F. Chang’s fired by the male,” according to the press release. Police said the weapon used was located, and there was no ongoing threat to public safety. There was “a relationship between the two,” but they were not married to each other, according to police. Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy, reached by phone June 25, noted the weapon was a 9mm handgun and the vehicle was an SUV. He said Isadore was at the restaurant to have dinner with her parents, and Shereyk knew she was going to be there. “It was domestic-related as a result of a relationship they were having that ended recently,” McCarthy said, noting Shereyk became “extremely obsessive” after she ended the relationship between them, reporting showing up to places she had been on occasions before June 24. McCarthy confirmed Isadore was married to someone else and said Shereyk was not married, though his obituary from Kurtz Memorial Chapel notes he had two children. McCarthy added that Isadore’s parents already left the parking lot when Shereyk approached the vehicle and shot her. No one else was with Isadore or her parents at the restaurant, and Shereyk left no written materials behind related to the shooting, but witnesses saw it take place, McCarthy said. Isadore’s parents called her phone while police were investigating the scene, and her husband also arrived at the scene during the investigation, McCarthy confirmed. Police had the area of the parking lot outside of P.F. Chang’s closed until roughly 11 p.m., when the on-site investigation concluded. The Orland Fire Protection District responded to the scene initially, but did not transport anyone from the scene, and it immediately became a “police incident,” Fire Chief Michael Schofield confirmed. Fire personnel later returned to clean the site, according to McCarthy. The official cause of death for Isadore was ruled as multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner homicide, according to the June 25 daily case ledger for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The ledger noted 5:33 p.m. as the time of death for Isadore. The ledger initially did not list Shereyk by name, only another autopsy from the same incident location, which indicated the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head and the manner suicide. McCarthy noted more details on the sequence of events may become available once toxicology analysis is completed and reports are finalized. Isadore was an employee of Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Marrison Worthington, manager of public affairs for the hospital, provided this statement by email. “Renee was a wonderful colleague and cherished member of the Advocate Christ Medical Center family. We continue to hold Renee’s loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.” Worthington declined to provide information about what position Isadore held with the hospital or how long she worked there. “To be respectful of the family’s privacy, we are not providing additional employment details,” she wrote. Isadore’s obituary from Heeney-Laughlin Funeral Home notes she was a BSRN who graduated from St. Xavier University and worked as a nurse. The obituary also notes her maiden name was Shereyk. Multiple sources noted there was a non-immediate familial connection between Isadore and her alleged killer, but not a blood relation. Additional Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. Consolidated High School D230 Board of Education Officials present goal progress, approve improvement plan Bob Rakow, Freelance Reporter The 2019 school improvement plan was approved Thursday, June 28, by the Consolidated High School District 230 Board of Education. The approval came after Superintendent James Gay recapped the district goals achieved during the recently completed school year. “This is just a capsule,” Gay said during his presentation. “I’m very proud of District 230 and where we are. We’ve haven’t not done stuff. We’ve worked hard.” The presentation highlighted achievements listed under five specific goals. The first goal, which calls on the district to guarantee a viable curriculum and sound instructional strategies, included preparation for the rollout of a global studies class. “It would love to teach that class,” said Gay, a former history teacher. “It’s so relevant.” The district also provided Chromebooks to all students, expanded blended learning opportunities and initiated new placement guidelines for the individualized educational programs. The second goal ensures that all students master the curriculum, as well as college and career readiness goals. To that end, the district expanded and improved interventions,and dedicated centers and labs to support student success, Gay said. AP and honors enrollment has increased to 53 percent across the district, and basic level enrollment is down 18 percent over the past seven years. D and F grades make up only 2 percent of grades in the district, and the graduation rate is 92 percent, Gay said. Another goal called on the district to foster twoway communication with stakeholders. Several accomplishments have been reached as part of that goal, including a continual increase in district website views ,as well as Facebook and Twitter followers. Additionally, the district has done the following, according to the presentation. • Maintained a balanced budget for the 15th consecutive year • Completed five-year financial projections • Created 25-year technology and facility projections • Updated security audits and is implementing recommendations Board members also bid farewell to retiring Sandburg High School principal Deborah Baker, presenting her with a bouquet of blue and gold flowers, as well as a cake in her honor. Board member Tony Serratore told Baker she will be greatly missed by the students. “Everyone I talked to was like, ‘Oh my God, this is terrible. We wish she’d stay,’” Serratore said. Board member Susan Dalton credited Baker for improving school spirit. “You exuded it, and the kids really responded to it,” said Dalton, a Sandburg alumna. “It’s really been an honor and privilege,” said an emotional Baker, who retires after 17 years in D230. She became Sandburg principal in 2014.

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