Khydijah Brazell

RANTOUL, Ill. (WAND) - A woman has been charged with murder after police said she killed another woman during a physical altercation at a Rantoul hotel. 

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Shelby M. Rix, 27, of Rantoul was pronounced dead in the Carle Foundation Hospital Emergency Department at 12:48 PM on August 1, 2022.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be conducted on Tuesday in Urbana. 

Police said they arrested Khydijah Brazell, 27, of Rantoul and preliminarily charged her with murder after they said she admitted to being in a physical altercation with the victim at First Heritage Inn on Murray Rd. Police interviewed Brazell at the hospital where she was being treated for injuries. 

The death is under investigation by the Rantoul Police Department, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, and the coroner’s office. 

Police said, while an arrest has been made, the investigation is still ongoing. 

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