Janesville Murder

Janesville+Murder

        Investigators say 43-year-old Christine Scaccia-Lubeck was found dead in the 400 block of S. River Street by her mother at 4:44 p.m. They found that Scaccia-Lubeck’s 2015 Chevy Trax was missing from the home.

        “It’s sad to see someone gets killed in their own home. It just shows that no one can really be safe,” said Priscila Chavez (‘19).

         The truck was then found just after 7 p.m. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, along with two suspects, 21-year-old Julian Collazo and 23-year-old Nicole Kazar.

        Kazar was interviewed by Cape Girardeau police and she told them that Collazo was responsible for the murder. But, Collazo told police he knew nothing of the incident.

        Temporary felony warrants were issued for Kazar and Collazo for first-degree intentional homicide and party to first-degree intentional homicide.

        Police said that Collazo is from a well-known gang in Texas. They say he has a long criminal history from arrests and convictions on drug, to burglary/theft and assault charges.

        Kazar was on probation with a criminal history consisting of credit card fraud, drug and battery charges. 25 officers were on the case and already have arrested the two suspects.

        An autopsy showed that the victim was stabbed to death multiple times.

        The body was found on Saturday night, and police began to talk to neighbors the next day. The neighbors, had no idea what was going on until they got a knock on the door from local police on the murder investigation.

        Although this wasn’t the first time a murder in the Janesville area has happened, it was just a stretch from the last one. Which had occurred in May of this year.

        “When something like this happens it’s like wow this is our neighborhood. What do we need to do to make it safer?” said Randy Kurth, a neighbor to the victim.