Antioch man charged with murder in grandmother's death

Jeremy Lowrey, 21, of the 1200 block of South Main Street, faces two counts of first-degree murder and was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Tuesday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan , police said. Full Story
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Art Jinkson

Des Plaines, IL

#1 May 20, 2008
Nothing like burning your grandmother in the back yard. Just terrible.
vanilla ice

Bloomington, IN

#3 May 20, 2008
Surprise, the Libune hasn't put a twist on the story. Now if he used a gun, we could really embelish this story. Ban matches, lighters, gasoline, and all flamable materials. This lady would be alive today!

United States

#4 May 20, 2008
This was my grandmother, Jean Lowrey. Her grandson Jeremy killed her on Sunday, according to the coroner. He first beat her severely in her sleep, then decided to stab her repeatedly, then he lit her on fire. I guess they went out on Saturday to a movie together, and Jeremy went with her to cash her Social Security check. We think this was premeditated. My grandma was very old, almost 80, had parkinsons disease, and only weighed about 100 pounds. She was defenseless against Jeremy. He is in court this morning facing 2 counts of firsy degree murder. He didnt even tell my uncle(his dad) until Monday at about 1:00pm, then left the house like nothing happened to go detail his car. Cops got him a few hours later at a car wash. My family is grieving deeply at this time. This is an unspeakable tragedy and I pray that Jeremy gets what he deserves.

United States

#5 May 20, 2008
Art Jinkson wrote:
Nothing like burning your grandmother in the back yard. Just terrible.
He burned her in her bed, I can only hope and pray that she was already dead from the beatings and the stabbings. This is a horrible thing that has happened to my family and I dont know how we can overcome this.

United States

#6 May 20, 2008
And to add to it, he stole her money after he killed her, went and paid the cable bill, and sat at home joking and laughing with family, like any other day, before he decided to confess to my uncle.
He was already known to have mental issues, having "tried" to kill himself at least 5 times in the past. Im still not over the shock, it hasn't really set in that this even happened.
fka Antioch Resident

Chicago, IL

#7 May 20, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss, and the pain your family must be feeling.
Get real


#8 May 20, 2008
I'm sorry for your loss, I hope that with time you will find some comfort in memory of her life. Your family has suffered a great betrayel.

Indianapolis, IN

#9 May 20, 2008
we are so sorry to hear about your loss. I was working w/ms lowry on her claim with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Round Lake Beach Resident

Round Lake, IL

#10 May 20, 2008
I myself cannot imagine how someone could do something so horrific to a grandparent! You know that Jeremy had to be so deeply mentally disturbed and it is scary when it is your own family. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you. I hope that he only gets every bit of what he deserves and more, Grand-Daughter.
Be strong

Lake Villa, IL

#11 May 20, 2008
I am so sorry to hear about what happened Grand-Daughter. This is a terrible event but it is also a time for you to appreciate yourself, your family, and all of the people who care about you, including those that are responding to your comments on this blog.

Sometimes in life, things make no sense at all. This is one of them. At the same time, you need to trust in God, and to celebrate all the good things about your grandma's long life. She should still be here, but if our faith is strong, then we all know she is in heaven and does not want you to hurt as you are. Let other people help you and remember that in this world, there is more goodness than badness, and that this sad and unhappy time in your life will pass. Look to the future and keep your faith.
Hugh Jarrod

Brookfield, WI

#12 May 20, 2008
That is just crazy!

How sick does somebody have to be, to even dream up something like that?

I am so sorry for your tragic loss!
Lynne Kline nee Bisig

Glenview, IL

#14 May 20, 2008
I grew up down the street from the Lowry's. I knew Jean fairly well.I hung out with Gayleen (later Michelle). This is a horrible thing to have happened. I am so sorry for your loss. My mother, brother and sisters are horrified. We are the Bisig's we lived at 1407 Park Dr. Pat (mom) Kevin, Pauline and Teri and Lynne (me). I wish there was more I could say.
Please tell Jimmy, Leroy, Stuart, and Gayleen (michelle) how sorry I am. I feel awful since I can't remember the daughters names. It has been to long. If you want to e-mail me my e-mail is
Hi Standard


#15 May 20, 2008
Beef wit hot wrote:
Mental illness? OK hear we go with the group hugs and therapy nuts coming to this sick animal's rescue. Execute and stop that gene from spreading.
Very very well said!
random person

United States

#16 May 20, 2008
I worked with him once at JcPennys at he seemed like a nice guy but there was alwasy something strange. This is a terrible thing and I pray for the family.
a lone time family friend

Round Lake, IL

#17 May 21, 2008
I have known this family since I was 12 years old and I can not imagine this could have ever imagine. she was a very caring person and for Jeremy to do this is very shocking to say the least. he went to school with my son and I would never have thought he would do that. I can only imagine how is mother and father feel and I can only hope that they can get threw this terrible tradgey, I grew up with this family and jean was nothing but a caring person when it came to her family and my prayers are with her family and hope that they can get threw this.if you need anything let me know

Since: May 08

Round Lake, IL

#18 May 21, 2008
I have known Jean, Leroy. Jimmy, Stuart, Lynn and Gayleen for most of my growing up, we lived at 1407 park dr, right down the road from them and they were a caring family and I feel sorry for your loss and you need anything at all please email me Teresa please keep your self together and when I was in the hospital a couple of months ago, you and Stuart were there for me and if you need anything don't hestitate to email me, i am so sorry for your loss. our prayers are with all of you
random person

Lisle, IL

#19 May 21, 2008
This is a terrible tragedy that never should have happened. Jeremy has grown up with verbal and mental abuse his entire life, his mental illness is no excuse for what happened, but is the cause. I feel terrible for the family and know jean was loved and will be missed.

Kankakee, IL

#20 May 21, 2008
I worked w/ Jeremy at a former employment, and yes I could tell you this does not come as a surprise. He always appeared to have a mental illness. It is truly sad it ended like this, but sadly enough does not come as a shock as he complained about her quite often.

Wheaton, IL

#22 May 23, 2008
Art Jinkson wrote:
Nothing like burning your grandmother in the back yard. Just terrible.
she was my grandmother so please don't crack jokes that will piss my family off because we all need somebody or something to vent our anger on thanks

Since: Apr 08

United States

#23 May 23, 2008
non-ya wrote:
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she was my grandmother so please don't crack jokes that will piss my family off because we all need somebody or something to vent our anger on thanks
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am Nancy's niece from Texas and i just heard about the horrible news last night. I wish your family the best of luck. This is the worst thing that could happen and there is little words to describe how I feel for you and your family. I hope that Jimmy is doing better knowing that his health isn't that great either. I am so sorry again.

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