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Al Filan, Brother Rice Teacher, Killed by Prostitute, Police Say

By Alex Parker | January 25, 2014 2:23pm
 Alisha Walker is accused of stabbing to death Brother Rice High School teacher Al Filan.
Alisha Walker is accused of stabbing to death Brother Rice High School teacher Al Filan.
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CHICAGO — A veteran teacher at Brother Rice High School was killed by a prostitute he met online after an argument over money, Orland Park police said Saturday.

Al Filan, 61, taught business and chaired the business department at the all-boys Catholic high school at 10001 S. Pulaski Road in Mount Greenwood. He was found dead of an apparent stabbing at his south suburban home Tuesday.

On Friday, police arrested Alisha M. Walker, 20, of Akron, Ohio, for Filan's death. Police tracked Walker down in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she is currently in custody awaiting extradition to Cook County.

Police said Walker confessed to being at Filan's home on Jan. 18 after he contacted her through the website Backpage.com, an online classifieds site known for facilitating sexual encounters. Police did not say if Filan solicited Walker.

The pair argued about money, police said, and during a struggle, Walker stabbed Filan multiple times, then fled the scene.

Orland Park Police Cmdr. John Keating said police were called to Filan's home, where he lived alone, Tuesday morning for a well-being check after he didn't show up for work. Filan was found dead on the kitchen floor. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said he was stabbed and classified his death a homicide.

Investigators identified Walker as a suspect, Keating said. The Ohio resident has prior arrests for drugs, prostitution and battery, he said. Filan and Walker had met on at least two other occasions, police said.

On Saturday, Cook County Judge Donald Panarese signed a no bond arrest warrant for first-degree murder, police said.