Acquaintance Arrested in Connection to Brother Rice Teacher Homicide

An unidentified suspect was taken into custody Friday morning in relation to the death of Al Filan, according to the Orland Park Police Department.

Al Filan's home, where investigators have been seen inside since he was found dead Tuesday morning.
Al Filan's home, where investigators have been seen inside since he was found dead Tuesday morning.

Police took a suspect in custody Friday morning in the death of longtime Brother Rice teacher and Orland Park resident Al Filan.

The person is an acquaintance of Filan and police said Filan’s death was “an isolated incident.” The suspect has not been identified as of 4 p.m. Friday.

Police did not answer further questions on whether there are other potential suspects at this time.

Al Filan, 61, who taught business at Brother Rice High School for over 39 years, was found dead in his home Tuesday morning. The Cook County Medical Examiner said his cause of death was “multiple stab and incise wounds,” and it was ruled a homicide.

Since then, the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force has been working with the Orland Park Police Department. Investigators have been seen at Filan’s home in the 9400 block of Georgetown Square since Tuesday.

Police declined to answer whether there were any signs of a struggle inside Filan’s home when he was found. But they have indicated they are continuing to work on different leads, including searching through data on Filan’s electronic devices and other methods.

Anyone with information on Filan’s death should contact the Orland Park Police Department at 708-349-4111.

Return to Patch later for updates as we get more information.

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