ROSELAND — Aurelia Wilborn did not fit the stereotype of an average accountant.
The 64-year-old woman owned Wilborn's Bookkeeping and Accounting services and spent time supporting and sponsoring large and small businesses in her community. Her business prowess earned her awards like the Sister Thea Brown Humanitarian Legacy Award in 2011 and a Marquis Who's Who award.
Though Wilborn loved her work, she also loved her church and community. The 64-year-old was active in the 87th street Chamber of Commerce, Black on Black Love and Operation PUSH. She was a faithful woman who help create bulletins, cards, and everything needed for her church, said her son, Alexander Outten.
Wilborn was also known for her looks modeling in shows for Cleo Jones and Quinton D. Alexander.
Wilborn's busy schedule often forced her to come home late to her house in the 10800 block of Calumet Avenue.
But on July 5, Outten received a call from a cousin who had not been able to get in contact with his mother. By the time Outten got a ride to go check on his mother, it was too late.
"[My cousin] saw a bunch of flies in the garage and had called police," said Outten, her only son. "The police went in and said she was dead."
She was pronounced dead on the scene at her home in the 10800 block South Calumet Avenue just after 10:35 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
"A lot of her friends told her time and time again don't park back there late at night," said Outten, her only son. He thinks his mother must have been parking her car in the garage late at night when she was robbed and killed.
"I was tore up. I lost my mother," Outten said.
Chicago Police officials said Wilborn was found with stab wounds in her neck, and her death was later ruled a homicide. Wilborn's purse and car were taken during the fatal stabbing.