The Chicago Sun Times reported that the death of ALF resident Dorothy Byrd has been ruled a homicide. The Cook County medical examiner’s office announced that Byrd’s Feb. 4 death was a homicide. Byrd died during an “inappropriate administration of medication by medical personnel” at the facility, according to a death certificate. Testing revealed Byrd died of morphine and hydrocodone toxicity and heart disease.
Byrd was one of six residents there who became ill on the morning of Feb. 3, according to the South Holland Fire Department. One of the other patients, Leon Krynicki died at Providence Hospice in Tinley Park on March 9, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy the next day was inconclusive. A third patient,Robert Rundin, died at Saint Margaret’s Hospital in Dyer, Indiana, on March 7, according to the Lake County coroner’s office. His manner of death is pending further tests, according to the coroner’s office. Full autopsy results are not expected for four months.