LITTLE VILLAGE — Nearly two dozen of Rosa Perez's friends and family waited outside her South Lawndale home after the young mother was found stabbed to death Thursday morning.
She was discovered unresponsive in a home in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue about 10 a.m., said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman. The woman had been stabbed multiple times, Estrada said, and she was pronounced dead on the scene.
Perez's mother, sister, two aunts and several close friends huddled close and mourned together as Perez, who was described as an outgoing, "loving woman," was taken out of her home.
According to Perez's aunt, Rosa Guerrero, the 27-year-old was stabbed 27 times and strangled, then placed in a small room before her attacker attempted to put her body in a laundry bag for disposal.
Monday was the last time she saw her niece alive, she said.
"She was a beautiful girl — a lovely person," Perez's mother, Juanita Guerrero, said between tears Thursday afternoon. "She loved her daughter to death. She was just trying to do her thing."
Guerrero was then left to the difficult task of picking her 12-year-old granddaughter up from a nearby school and telling her of Perez' death.
"We know she's in a better place now," Guerrero said.
No one was in custody as of Thursday morning.