11/11/2013 03:21 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2013

Brittany Wawrzyniak Death: Man Charged In Connection To Probe Of Suburban Teen's Passing [UPDATED]

While the family of a suburban Chicago teen Friday is still anxiously awaiting answers in the 18-year-old's mysterious death, a 20-year-old man has been charged in connection with the investigation into the incident.

Police say their arrest of Eric Johnson, of Midlothian, Ill., for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance was related to their investigation into the death of Brittany Wawrzyniak but it is not yet known exactly how, according to ABC Chicago.

UPDATE -- 11/12: Prosecutors said Monday that Wawrzyniak paid Johnson $200 to buy 30 pills of clonazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, and jumped to her death from the vehicle when Johnson pulled away when Wawrzyniak said she wanted to count the pills. Johnson was ordered held on $300,000 bond.

Police responded about 8 p.m. Friday to a report of an accident with injuries in the 7400 block of West 115th Street in suburban Worth and found Wawrzyniak's body there, Patch reports.

Jeanie Hughes, a close friend of Wawrzyniak's family, told the Southtown Star they "believe that Brittany was a victim of violent crime," though they still had little else to go on beyond rumors on Monday.

She’s not coming home,” Wawrzyniak’s mother Rebecca Tully told NBC Chicago of her daughter, a student at the Illinois Institute of Art. "She’s never going to have another Christmas."

A GiveForward fundraising page has been set up to help Wawrzyniak's family cover the costs of her memorial and funeral and a candlelight vigil was held at 115th Street and Beloit Avenue in Worth at 7 p.m. Monday.

The vigil was an "outpouring of love" for Wawrzyniak and her family, the Sun-Times reports.

Anyone with information about the incident are being urged to call police at 708-448-3979.



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