Northwestern University associate professor and a University of
Oxford employee are wanted in connection with the stabbing death
of a man in a Near North Side apartment, according to public
A Cook County judge issued arrest warrants Monday charging
Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, 56, with first-degree
murder in the death of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau
last week, records show.
An alert broadcast over police radio says the two should be
considered armed and dangerous. Late Wednesday afternoon,
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi reported no arrests.
"Our search will only intensify,'' tweeted Guglielmi. "Prof
Latham (Lathem) & Mr Warren, do the right thing & turn yourself
in to any police dept.''
Lathem is an associate professor at Northwestern's Department of Microbiology-Immunology at the Feinberg School of Medicine. In
his LinkedIn profile, Lathem said his research is focused on
pathogens and the diseases they cause.
Lathem has been placed on administrative leave and is banned
from all Northwestern campuses, according to school spokesman
Alan K. Cubbage. He was a faculty researcher at the school's
The university is cooperating with the police investigation,
Warren is a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College,
part of the Oxford University network, according to a university
Chicago police officers responded to a 10th-floor apartment in
the 500 block of North State Street about 8:30 p.m. Thursday
after a maintenance worker reported getting an anonymous call
that a crime was committed there.
Officers found Cornell-Duranleau dead on the scene. Lathem
lists his home at the same address on State Street, public
records show. The building is on the same block as the Grand
Avenue Red Line station.
Cornell-Duranleau died of multiple sharp force injuries,
according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had
lived in the 2200 block of South Wood Street in the Heart of
Chicago neighborhood on the Near Southwest Side, the office said.
He grew up in Michigan, according to public records. Cornell-
Duranleau earned a state license as a cosmetologist in 2011,
according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory
His mother, Mischelle Duranleau, posted a message on Facebook
over the weekend asking for prayers "as we navigate this very
dark part of our Journey."
According to an obituary posted by the mother, Cornell-Duranleau
was born in Lennon, Mich., a small town about 50 miles northeast
"Throughout his life he loved music and animals," the obituary
said. "His enthusiasm for life was infectious. Trenton was a
caregiver and loved to help others. His youthful free-spirit
fueled his love of cars, video games and cartoons."
Northwestern was made aware of the investigation into Cornell-
Duranleau's death on Monday afternoon, Cubbage said.
Lathem has been with Northwestern since 2007, according to
Cubbage, who said he worked primarily in a research lab. "At
some point in the past few years he taught medical students or
graduate students, never undergrad,’’ Cubbage said.
Lathem was not currently teaching and was not scheduled to be in
a classroom in the fall, Cubbage said.
Oxford University, where the other suspect worked, released a
statement Tuesday saying it was "not aware of this case, which
is clearly extremely concerning. We will liaise with the
relevant investigating authorities and provide any assistance
that is required.”