Jury Awards Family $1 Million in Wrongful Death Case

Jury Awards Family $1 Million in Wrongful Death Case

A jury awarded more than $1 million to the family of a 19-year-old Naperville woman murdered eight years ago at Knox College.

Andrea Racibozynski was killed in a campus stairwell by a fellow student on March 29, 1998. Her family
alleged that the college was negligent in its failure to maintain the darkened stairwell and provide adequate campus security.

The Knox County jury deliberated for a little over two hours before deciding that the college’s negligence contributed to Rachibozynski’s murder. The jury award, however, provides little consolation for her family.

“Life is priceless. I’d give everything and another million to have her back,” said Frank Racibozynski, the victim’s father.

Clyde Best, the man who beat Racibozynski to death with a brick, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder and is currently serving a 60-year prison sentence.

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