The family of the Chicago landlord found dismembered in a freezer earlier this month said their loved one had called police “many times” on the tenant accused of her murder.
The remains of Frances Walker, 69, were found in a freezer in her North Side home after a resident of the building reported her missing on Oct. 10.
Another tenant, Sandra Kolalou, 36, has been charged with her murder.
Walker’s relatives told local station ABC7 that the longtime landlord had called cops on Kolalou “many times.”
Records show that law enforcement responded to the home five times in October alone.
“They have rights as a tenant, but if you fear for your safety or have issues, the landlord should have rights not only as a landlord but as cohabiter of the domain,” niece Cory Walker said.
“I feel like their hands were tied or maybe there was something that could have been done differently. It’s changed the trajectory of our lives. It’s leaving such a hole.”
A prosecutor at Kolalou’s bond hearing Wednesday said that the pair had a contentious relationship that escalated into a screaming match the night of the murder.
Police also previously confirmed that Walker had put an eviction notice on Kolalou’s door the day before the slaying.
“That very well could possibly be what escalated this into the defendant becoming extremely angry and committing this horrific act,” Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told ABC7 at the time.
In addition to first-degree murder, Kolalou is charged with concealing a homicidal death and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She is being held without bail.
The Post previously reported that she also faced unrelated charges of battery to cause bodily harm earlier this year.
Walker’s family started a Facebook fundraiser for her cremation and funeral, which is set to take place Saturday.
In addition to her siblings and extended family, she is survived by her husband, a Bulgarian immigrant who works as a caregiver to elderly patients.
“[Walker] was always very kind and very helpful, she always came in with joy in her heart and she was happy to be on the organ,” Stuart Thompson, the music director at Queen of the Apostles Parish, where Walker played the organ for over 20 years, told ABC7.
Neighbor Raymond Truong lamented that the neighborhood didn’t feel the same since the news broke.
“It’s really devastating, like I even had a hard time coming home last night. I stayed at my friend’s house. I felt safer with his parents and stuff,” he said.
Kolalou is expected back in court on Oct. 31.