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Murder charges filed against suspect in deaths of 7 women in Gary, Hammond
Murder charges filed against suspect in deaths of 7 women in Gary, Hammond

A convicted sex offender has been charged with the murder of one of seven women found dead in Gary and Hammond over the weekend as police continue their investigation, including the suspect's possible involvement in other murders stretching back decades, police said Monday. Darren Deon Vann, 43, has been charged with murder in the strangulation of Afrikka Hardy, 19, at a motel in the 3800 block of 179th Street in Hammond Friday night. Investigators discovered the bodies of six other women in Gary after Vann was arrested. Hardy moved to Chicago in the summer to live with family here and was going to “spread her wings,” her mother, Lori Townsend, said in a phone interview....

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