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Northwestern Professor Sent Video To Loved Ones Apologizing For Role In Murder, Police Say

By Stephen Gossett in News on Aug 4, 2017 8:30PM

Wyndham Lathem (left); Andrew Warren (right)

The Northwestern University professor wanted in the brutal stabbing murder of a 26-year-old man sent a video apology to loved ones over his role in the murder, according to police.

Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern, delivered an "apologetic video message" to friends and family for his "involvement" in the stabbing death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, at a River North apartment last week, according to Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi. A law-enforcement source told the Tribune that the video does not mention suicide.

Andrew Warren, 56, a senior treasury assistant at Somerville college in Oxford, is also wanted for first-degree murder in the death. Police said on Wednesday that they believed Warren and Lathem had fled the state, prompting a nationwide manhunt. Guglielmi on Twitter urged the men to turn themselves in.

News of the video is the latest strange development in the case. As the Sun-Times first reported, Lathem—a scholar on the bubonic plague—and Warren donated $1,000 to a library in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the name of Cornell-Duranleau, right after the stabbing.

Guglielmi reportedly said that Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau had some manner of relationship but there had been "some type of falling out."

The police spokesperson posted a link where tipsters can report information anonymously.

This post has been updated.