The Lane Bryant Killings: Victim's Family Keeps Memory Alive by Helping Others (VIDEO)
Carrie Hudek Chiuso's family set up a scholarship fund to keep her legacy of aiding students alive.
Three years ago today, five women were brutally murdered in a Tinley Park clothing store.
In honor of this tragic anniversary, Patch is looking at the after-effects of the still-unsolved crime. Monday, we looked at the status of the investigation. Yesterday, we looked at the fate of the abandoned storefront where five innocent lives were lost.
Today, we speak with a Frankfort family who shares its memories of one of the victims.
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This is a bittersweet time of year for Mike Hudek.
In 2008, he lost his sister, Carrie Hudek Chiuso, a victim of a gunman who murdered four other women in a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park. The next day, Hudek welcomed his second child into the world, a daughter he named Carrie.
Naming his girl after his sister was the first way Hudek kept Carrie's memory alive. The second was helping high school students by creating a scholarship fund, Carrie's Fund, and fundraising event, Carrie Fest.
As a social worker at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Carrie had a reputation being there for students, and it was a legacy her family wanted to preserve.
"Carrie was really good at what she did," said Penny Hudek, Carrie's mother. "Since she's not here to help those kids, Mike started Carrie Fest, and the money that we raise goes all into scholarships."
Carrie Fest has been running since 2008. The money raised has gone to scholarships for H-F High School and Lincoln-Way Community School District 210 students. This year's event will be May 21 at CD & ME in Frankfort.
It's three years later, and Hudek and his wife are expecting their fourth child--their first son--any day now. Time has passed, but the pain hasn't. We spoke with Mike and Penny Hudek about what they remember most about Carrie.