On Sunday (May 1), Tinsley Park police arrived at the scene of 17-year-old Mia Maro dead in her suburban Chicago home. According to her neighbors, the scene was chaotic — Maro's father, Muhammad Almaru, was taken away on a stretcher, while other distraught family members arrived at the home.
Maro's sister called authorities to the scene. According to Tinsley Park Police Chief Matthew Walsh, Almaru had self-inflicted wounds on his wrist and had ingested pills when officers encountered him.
Almaru has now been charged with first-degree murder of his teenage daughter. The medical examiner ruled Maro's death a homicide caused by "multiple injuries."
On Wednesday (May 4), Walsh said the 17-year-old girl had bruises all over her body.
Maro was a senior at Andrew High School. The school's principal said in a letter on Monday (May 2), "Today is a very sad day for the Andrew High School Community as we grieve the loss of senior student Mia Maro... We extend our condolences to Mia's family and ask that everyone keep Mia in their thoughts and prayers."
The surrounding community gathered outside of Maro's family home to pay tribute to the senior high school student.
Neighbor Andrew Brescia said, "She was a few weeks away from graduating, and it's a very happy time, and just to have life cut short like that is just really very, very sad."