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updated: 1/16/2014 12:30 PM

Aurora man charged in woman's murder

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An Aurora man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman Monday.

Police say Christopher Whetstone, 45, of the 500 block of Charles Street, shot Rachel Taylor multiple times in the abdomen after the two apparently argued down the street from Whetstone's home. He was arrested in the area of Plum and Westpark about 10 minutes after the shooting, police said.

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Taylor, also of Aurora, was taken to Presence Mercy Medical Center and pronounced dead at 9:46 p.m.

On Wednesday night, the Kane County State's Attorney's office approved first degree murder charges for Whetstone.

Also on Wednesday, Aurora police questioned two Joliet men in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old Aurora man Monday night in a restaurant on the city's west side, authorities said.

The two men, ages 18 and 19, are considered suspects in the death of Arin T. Williams. Williams was shot to death around 7:35 p.m. inside a restaurant on the 800 block of North Lake Street after he and two other men entered a bathroom inside the establishment and began to fight, police said in a news release.

Williams was shot once in the head and pronounced dead shortly after arriving at an Aurora hospital. The two suspects fled.

Police said they believe the shooting was drug-related.

The two men were taken into custody without incident around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in Cicero. They have not been charged, police said.

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