Fil-Am woman
Armando Trejo, Jr.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Jealousy appears to be the motive in the attack [/box]

CHICAGO – Although Filipino-American Lailani Uy Trejo was being hit by her husband, she was still able to call 9-1-1, telling the operator she was “dying” and she was “bleeding.”

The incident happened at about 2:50 a.m. last Nov. 30 in their home in suburban Beach Park, Illinois.

When responding policemen arrived at their house at 10200 Block of West Bairstow Avenue, Beach Park, her husband Armando Trejo, Jr., 47, told police the children were playing with the telephone when they made the 9-1-1 call.

But the policemen insisted to get in the house. They later found a bloody bat and two bodies lying on the ground with “extreme marks” on their bodies and “an extensive amount of blood” pooling around one of the body, that of a boy, with more blood splattered on to the walls.

Last Monday, Nov. 30, Trejo was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in Lake County circuit court with set at $5 million. If found guilty,Trejo could face life in prison, said Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim.

Police said Trejo killed his wife Lailani Uy Trejo, 43, and his stepson Patrick K. Cruz Uy, 14, and beat his mother when she attempted to intervene.

While Lailani was being attacked, Patrick alerted Trejo’s parents. Trejo’s father was at home during the attack but is elderly and was unable to help. Trejo’s mother tried to help but Trejo struck her and broke her arm.

Assistant State Attorney Joe Zeit said during the bond hearing when a female caller stopped talking, the 9-1-1 phone operator was hearing a pinging noise – the sound of a baseball bat hitting something. When the phone operator called back, a man answered, saying his young child made the earlier call.

When police arrived, they saw Trejo outside the home, saying the children who were playing with the phone called 9-1-1.

Trejo later admitted the attacks, which started in an argument with his wife.When Patrick intervened, he was hit with the baseball bat.

Leilani was a home caregiver while Trejo worked as a machine operator in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Patrick was attending Waukegan High School in Waukegan, Illinois.

A family friend of Leilani told this reporter “jealousy” appeared to be the cause of the argument. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

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Joseph is a former reporter of the Manila Bulletin, former president of the Rizal-Metro Manila Reporters Association and former president of the Chicago chapter of the National Press Club of the Philippines. A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he and his family now live in Chicago. A prolific reporter, Lariosa writes a column and news stories for the Filipino Star News and other Filipino community newspapers in the US as well as for GMA News and the Manila Bulletin.

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