The husband of a woman shot and killed in her southwest suburban home Wednesday morning has been charged with murder, according to a spokesperson for the Cook County States' Attorney.
Anita Kustok, 58, of Orland Park, died from a gunshot wound to the face, and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Coroner's office.
Allan Kustok was charged with murder Thursday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's office. Kustok is scheduled for a bail hearing in a Bridgeview courtroom Friday morning.
Orland Park police and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the death, Orland Park police said Wednesday.
Kustok is the mother of Comcast SportsNet reporter Sarah Kustok and former Northwestern quarterback Zak Kustok. Both were star athletes at Sandburg High.
SportsNet released a statement saying, "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah and her family."
A release from police said they received a call from Palos Community Hospital about 7 a.m. about a woman brought to the hospital by a family member after suffering a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police did not say where the shooting occurred, but police tape surrounded the Orland Park home later Wednesday. Police on Wednesday were classifying the case as a death investigation. A police spokesman was unavailable for comment on Thursday.
Kustok was remembered Thursday as a special teacher adored by her students at Central Elementary School in Riverside.
’She is a beautiful person with a beautiful heart," said Principal Janice Limperis. ’If anyone had a problem, she would find a positive way to look at it. We are devastated here. Her students are inconsolable. It’s like losing a family member.’
Limperis described Kustok as "vivacious" and "outgoing," and said she had been with the district for seven years. This was Kustok's first year at Central and she taught math and reading to third- through fifth-grades students in a gifted program, Limperis said. Kustok previously taught at the district's Hollywood School, Limperis said.
Counselors were at the school today talking to students and staff members, she said.