Girl X Needs New Home
By Samantha Abernethy in News on May 4, 2009 5:40PM
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Currie was assaulted physically and sexually, strangled, and poisoned with roach poison that Sykes sprayed down her throat. Sykes drew a gang sign on her body and left her in the stairwell of Cabrini-Green. In 2002, Currie was awarded $3 million in a lawsuit alleging that the CHA and its guard services failed to protect her and had allowed security to deteriorate so far that Sykes was able to get the roach poison from a vacant apartment.
Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney and the prosecutor during the "Girl X" trial, is also part of a board working on her housing situation. Alvarez said, "She wants to be independent, so we are trying to determine how to make that happen, considering her handicaps. In addition to a house, she'll need live-in help, and everything would have to be handicapped-accessible. Private companies do this kind of thing, so we are hoping to make this happen for her. Consider what she has been through." [Sun-Times]