More than 100 cars were outside St. Elizabeth Seton Church Tuesday for the funeral of seven-year-old Justin Plackowski.
Police found Plakowski last week after being stabbed to death. His mother, Elzbieta Plackowska, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond.
Along with her son, prosecutors say she stabbed five-year-old Olivia Dworakowski, whom she was babysitting at the time.
Friends, family and neighbors of the victims came to remember the lives lost.
Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall was in attendance. He spoke about the loss at a press conference last week.
“The senseless taking of the lives of these two children defies logic,” said Marshall. “Our community is grieving. Naperville is resilient and solid and has gone through tough times before. We will grieve together the lives of Justin and Olivia and move forward one day at a time.”
Justin and Olivia had been jumping on the bed when Plackowska told them to get on their knees and pray, telling Justin he was going to heaven tonight. Both children pled for their lives before they were stabbed, Justin as many as 100 times, Olivia up to 50.
“When the police asked her specifically why it was that she killed Olivia, she stated that Olivia was there and had seen her kill Justin and she needed to kill Olivia as well,” said Bob Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney.
After changing her story several times, Plackowska admitted she had killed Justin to get back at her husband who is a truck driver and gone often.
“She did not feel that he truly appreciated how fine of a wife and mother she was,” said Berlin. “She told the detectives that she thought by killing Justin, she would make her husband hurt the way she hurt in their relationship.”
Police found the grisly scene at 888 Quin Court after getting two calls, one from Olivia’s mother Marta, who couldn’t find her daughter, and another from a home on Violet Circle where Plackowska had fled after the stabbing.
“The Naperville police officers who walked into that house walked into the scene of unimaginable horror,” said Berlin.
“In all my years in law enforcement, this is the most gruesome and horrific crime scene that I have seen,” said Marshall.
Dworakowski’s family is planning a private funeral service for their daughter, but recently released a statement to the public saying “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the shortened life of our sweet little girl, Olivia. It is impossible for us to express in words the sadness we feel over this senseless killing. We can, however, express our gratitude for the support from our community, our church, Olivia’s school and others. We also wish to extend our condolences and sympathy to the family of Olivia’s friend, Justin.”
The Naperville community is rallying together to show support for the loss of the children. Just days after the incident they held a candle light vigil at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
“It’s hard to bring comfort when tragedy has struck a city, but Naperville is a city that cares about and loves theirs neighbors and friends and we thank God for the opportunity to lock arms tonight,” said George Pradel, Naperville Mayor.
A memorial fund has been set up in Olivia’s name. Those wishing to donate to the Olivia Dworakowski Memorial Fund can do so by stopping by any Naperville Bank and Trust location.
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