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Man faces murder charge after an argument at party in Evergreen Park

  • Written by Bob Rakow

A Minooka man faces first-degree murder charges after PAGE-1-refer-mugPatrick J. Tantilloallegedly stabbing a man Sunday during an argument at an Evergreen Park yard party, police said.
  Bond was set at $5 million Tuesday for Patrick J. Tantillo, 39, during a hearing at Cook County Circuit Court in Bridgeview.
  The state’s attorney on Monday filed charges against Tantillo for causing the death of Lucian Nicolaescu of Chicago.
  Police said Tantillo and Nicolaecu both attended the yard party and got into a verbal argument that escalated until Nicolaecu was stabbed.
  Evergreen Park police responded at 1:04 a.m. Sunday to a call of an aggravated battery in the 9300 block of Springfield Avenue.
  Nicolaecu underwent emergency surgery at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 8:16 a.m., police said.
  Tantillo was arrested at the scene, and the weapon was recovered in a neighboring yard. Police did not reveal the type of weapon used in the incident.
  An autopsy performed Monday found that Nicolaescu died of a stab wound to the torso. His death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.