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Deaths of Illinois State Police trooper and wife ruled a murder-suicide

The Medical Examiner's office determined the deaths to be a murder-suicide. Amanda leaves behind two children, a 1-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.


CHICAGO - The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the shooting deaths of an off-duty Illinois State Police trooper and his wife to be a murder-suicide.

For more context, here is our original story as the information began to unfold.[1]



Trooper Antonio Alvarez, 30, and Amanda Calo, 31, of Chicago were found Monday inside a non-department issued vehicle in Chicago, police said. Calo is Amanda's maiden name and the pair were separated but not officially divorced at the time of the incident. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy released Tuesday found Antonio Alvarez died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner’s office said. Alvarez was a three-year veteran of the Illinois State Police and he was off-duty at the time.

Amanda Calo, 31, died of a gunshot wound to her head and her death was ruled a homicide, the office said. She was a school teacher who had attended Whitney Young High School and DePaul University.

Her family said the couple was having problems in their marriage and that she had told relatives she intended to leave Alvarez, WLS-TV reported.[2]

According to a GoFundMe in Amanda's honor, she leaves behind two children. A 1-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.

You can find the GoFundMe to donate and help support the education, health, and welfare of the children she leaves behind: https://www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-fund-for-amanda-calo-and-her-children


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Notes & References


  1. Chicago Journal. “Man with Connections to Illinois State Police Found Dead in Car with Unknown Woman.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, January 25, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/man-with-connections-to-illinois-state-police-found-dead-in-car-with-unknown-woman/. ↩︎

  2. Team, ABC7 Chicago Digital. “Death of Illinois State Trooper, Wife Found in Parked Car in East Side Ruled a Murder-Suicide.” ABC7 Chicago. WLS-TV, January 26, 2022. https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-shooting-antonio-alvarez-amanda-illinois-state-trooper-murder-suicie/11508578/?ex_cid=TA_WLS_TW&taid=61f072f6e941150001c7c94b&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A%2BTrending%2BContent&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter. ↩︎

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