A man from Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood was charged Thursday in the death of a Wisconsin woman found stabbed in her hotel room earlier this week.
Christopher Love, 23, faces charges of first-degree murder and soliciting for a prostitute in the slaying death of Sarai Michaels, 31, from La Crosse, Wis., NBC Chicago reports. Love is slated to appear in court Friday.
Michaels was discovered dead in a 12th floor room at Hotel Felix in River North at 12:38 a.m. Tuesday. She had sustained multiple stab wounds and was found lying next to a bloody knife. Her death was ruled a homicide.
According to WLS, Michaels, a mother of five, was a former model whose life had "unravelled" in recent years.
Her estranged husband Stephen Michaels told WLS that after their marriage came to an end, after they had two children together, she was "led down the wrong path" by a new man in her life. She was arrested for prostitution in St. Louis in 2004 and was the victim in a domestic assault incident involving the father of her youngest three children.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Michaels had lost custody of her children and had been in the midst of a court battle in an attempt to regain custody of them. Her estranged husband also noted that she was having money trouble.
Hotel Felix general manager George Jordan shared his condolences to the Michaels family, but added that, because the slaying was not random, his hotel's other guests should not feel endangered, according to WLS.WATCH a previous news report on the Hotel Felix slaying: