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Crime of passion in Illinois: Pair accused of murder-for-hire plot

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Arturo Cantú murdered in Illinois (Photo: Bridgeview Police Department)
  • Arturo Cantú was murdered in Illinois.
  • Incriminating text messages led to his killers.
  • His mother is devastated.

A woman in Illinois is facing criminal charges for planning the murder of her boyfriend.

Agnieszka Rydzewski is accused of planning the murder with her coworker with whom she was having an affair.

The victim, Arturo Cantú, 39, was killed on May 15.

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The suspects worked together at McDonald’s

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Photo: Bridgeview Police Department / Agnieszka Rydzewski

Arturo Cantú was shot multiple times as he exited his apartment in Bridgeview.

Two days later, police arrested Anthony Calderón for first-degree murder.

Agnieszka Rydzewski, 33, was arrested the following day for inciting murder.

The suspects in this crime of passion worked together at McDonald’s.

Text messages reveal the plot to kill Arturo Cantú

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Photo: Bridgeview Police Department / Anthony Calderón

Text messages between the pair revealed the plan to kill Arturo Cantú according to NBC Chicago.

One of the messages said, «We will be together once all is clear.»

The prosecutors said the messages began in April.

Rydzewski asked Calderón to find a third person to kill Cantú.

Both suspects are being held without bail

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Photo: Bridgeview Police Department

When that person refused, Calderón decided to do it himself.

The judge denied bail for both of the accused.

They are being held in Cook County Jail.

Diana Pacheco, the victim’s mother, talked about her pain with Telemundo Chicago.

Arturo Cantú’s mother speaks out

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Photo: Arturo Cantú’s family

“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. My son didn’t deserve this,” said Pacheco.

Cantú and Rydzewski had been in a relationship for over six years.

Pacheco said the news and the motive for the crime left her stunned.

«Just leave him. That’s all you had to do,» added the victim’s mother.

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