Lisa Koziol-Ellis, the 33-year-old woman killed over the weekend in her Elgin townhouse, died of multiple stab wounds, the Kane County coroner said Monday.
The autopsy's preliminary findings show Koziol-Ellis died of more than three stab wounds, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said.
He will release a formal ruling in about a month, once the toxicology results are in, he said.
Meanwhile, police had no additional new information Monday about Koziol-Ellis' murder. Her husband came home from work to find her dead in their townhouse early Saturday morning, police said.
According to neighbors, the couple had just moved from Chicago to the Garden Quarter Townhomes earlier in the week. The townhouses are in the 0 to 100 block of Garden Crescent Court just off Wing Street.
Detectives don't know whether her killing was a targeted or random act, police said.
Meanwhile, one of Koziol-Ellis' friends can't understand how someone who brought happiness to so many people, was taken away so suddenly.
"She was ... very charming and likable and had such a good heart," said Tamale Sepp, who was friends with Koziol-Ellis for five years. "It's just a huge loss."
She added Monday would have been Koziol-Ellis' 34th birthday.
Koziol-Ellis was active in Chicago's performance community, often hosting or emceeing shows with what friends called an upbeat, inclusive and engaging personality.
She also went by the artist name Foxy Goat Lisa and was known for her drawings, jewelry and other artwork.
Sepp and other friends planned to celebrate Koziol-Ellis' birthday Tuesday with a private party at a Chicago bar and will continue through in honor of their friend.
"It's going to be a life celebration," Sepp said.