Lynn Crenshaw

Booking photo of Lynn Crenshaw (Chicago police)

Murder charges have been lodged against a South Side woman police say plunged a knife into her boyfriend’s chest and killed him Wednesday night in the Lakeview East neighborhood.
 
Lynn Crenshaw, 42, of the 8300 block of South Maryland Avenue, was charged this afternoon with murder in the death of her 42-year-old boyfriend in the 600 block of West Patterson Avenue, police said.
 
Brian Hawkins, of the 2500 block of East 77th Street, died of a stab wound to the abdomen, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.
 
He was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the medical examiner's office.
 
Crenshaw, who is listed as Hawkins’ girlfriend in an arrest report, stabbed him during a fight at the Patterson address about 10:15 p.m., police said.
 
Police did not disclose a motive but said Crenshaw is expected to appear in court Friday.

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