Death of Assisted Living Resident Ruled a Homicide

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (AP) — The Cook County medical examiner’s office has determined the death of an assisted living facility resident was a homicide.

The Chicago Tribune reports 98-year-old Dorothy Byrd died the day after six residents of Holland Home were hospitalized Feb. 3 for unknown causes. Two other residents among six who were hospitalized died earlier this month.

Medical examiner’s spokesman Frank Shuftan says Byrd’s death was caused by morphine and hydrocodone toxicity, combined with hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

South Holland Police Lt. Shawn Staples says investigators learned about a week ago that 88-year-old Robert Rundin and 98-year-old Leon Krynicki had also died. Shuftan says further tests are needed to determine the cause of their deaths.
Villa Healthcare manages Holland Home. CEO David Mills did not immediately respond to emails and a telephone message.

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