Brittany’s family ready for calmer round 2 at Tuesday’s board meeting

  • Written by Bob Rakow


Family and supporters of Brittany Wawrzyniak will PAGE-3-2-col-TullyRebecca Tully and members of her family will return to Tuesday’s Worth Village Board meeting with more concerns about the death of her daughter. Photo by Jeff Vorva.gather once again Tuesday night at the Worth Village Board meeting to raise additional concerns regarding the 18-year-old girl’s death.
“We’re going. Whoever wants to go can go,” said Wawrzyniak’s mother, Rebecca Tully. “I’ve already had people texting me.”
This meeting could be calmer than the explosive first meeting between Brittany supporters and the board.
At the April 1 village board meeting, which moved to a larger venue, members of an angry crowd of approximately 200 people unleashed accusations and name calling on Worth Mayor Mary Werner, who repeatedly said she could not talk about the investigation.
Tully and other supporters repeatedly have said they understand that the details of the case cannot be discussed publically. Instead, they want Werner to signal that she’s confident in the police department’s handling of the investigation.

“They’re lying and deceiving,” Tully said Tuesday.
The family believes police have misinformed them for the start, including a statement that Wawrzyniak had pills in her hand when her body was found Nov. 8 at the Worth boat launch. The couple that found Brittany and called 911 said she did not have pills in her hands, Tully said.
Tully added that there’s little sense in repeating the questions she outlined at the April 1 board meeting. Instead, she plans to review the oaths of office taken by Werner and Police Chief Martin Knolmayer to determine if they’re serving the community during the investigation.
Two days after the April 1 board meeting, the State’s Attorney’s Office charged Lilyanna Arboleda with conspiracy to commit battery. Prosecutors maintain that the charges do not mean that Arboleda, 18, of Chicago, had anything to do with Wawrzyniak’s death. Arboleda’s family had no comment after Thursday afternoon’s bond hearing at the Bridgeview court facility.
Arboleda will be in court again on April 28.
Brittany’s family said the Worth police was forced to do something following the heated board meeting, which led to the arrest.
“That was to pacify us,” Tully said.
Prosecutors say Wawrzyniak met Eric Steven Johnson at the boat launch, got into the back seat of his car and handed him $200 in exchange for 30 pills of Clonazepam.
Wawrzyniak began counting the pills while still in the backseat as Johnson drove away. She opened the door of the moving car, was ejected and struck the pavement, prosecutors said. She was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn less than one hour later.