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Crime & Courts

Police look for answers after father allegedly stabs, kills 3-year-old daughter

WOODRIDGE – Police are still trying to determine a motive as to why a 34-year-old man stabbed his 3-year-old daughter to death in a quiet Woodridge neighborhood April 4.

Robert Bzdek stabbed his daughter, 3-year-old Zuzanna Bzdek, before killing himself inside their home in the 2700 block of Meadowdale Lane, according to police.

A family member told the media Robert Bzdek and his wife – the mother of Zuzanna – were in the process of separating.

"The family has alluded to potential domestic issues between the mother and father – that they were separating," said Traci Steger, management analyst with the Woodridge Police Department.

Steger confirmed that Woodridge police were called to the residence once prior for a "non-criminal, non-violent issue."

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, the Woodridge Police Department responded to a call for service at the home, where upon arrival police found Robert deceased and Zuzanna suffering from stab wounds, according to a news release from the Woodridge Police Department.

Zuzanna was transported to Edwards Hospital in Naperville where she later died in surgery. A cause of death for the male was not stated in the release.

Police tape surrounded the home in the days following the alleged murder-suicide.

Neighbor Eva Paprocki said her 3-year-old daughter was playing with Zuzanna just the day before.

“She's going to ask every day, you know, 'I want to go to her house, I want to have a play date with her,'” Paprocki said. “I don't know what I'm going to tell her.”

Paprocki said the girl was “very happy” and “very smart” and that she had known her for about two years.

Neighbor Heather Campbell didn't know the family, but said they were “very quiet.”

“There was a bunch of police cars [Friday night], then all the neighbors started gathering because we never hear any of that stuff around here,” Campbell said.

Neighbor John Foresta said he did not know the family directly, but did see them outside on a regular basis.

“The guy worked on that house the last eight years and he was putting his life into that,” Foresta said.

Police said more details would be released as they become available.

“He loved her very much,” Paprocki said of the two victims. “He was saying she was my everything, she's my number one, and he did everything for her, always."

Editor Ryan Terrell contributed to this report.

Family raises funds for funeral, wake

Emanuel Szyszka, who said he is Zuzanna's brother, has launched a page to raise funds for Zuzanna's funeral and wake, he wrote.

"I know this is going to be a really tough time for all of us (extended family and friends included), but if we just keep strong and unite against this awful atrocity; we can and will make my sister proud of us all. All of you kind-hearted souls are making this tragedy easier for the family, so thank you again," the brother wrote on the page.

To donate, visit

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