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Larger venue secured for slain Mid-Michigan hair stylist's funeral

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Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren (Source: CNN) Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren (Source: CNN)
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A larger funeral venue has been secured for a 26-year-old hair stylist found stabbed to death in a Chicago case that prompted a cross-country manhunt for two men.

The family of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau said Tuesday that they had to change to the bigger space for Saturday's funeral in Lennon, Michigan, "due to the amount of love and support." 

Cornell-Duranleau was found dead July 27 in a former Northwestern University professor's Chicago apartment.

The former professor, Wyndham Lathem, is accused in the case along with Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren.

Wyndham Lathem turned himself in Friday evening in Oakland, California, after authorities made contact with him, while Andrew Warren surrendered to police in San Francisco, according to the US Marshals.

The suspects in the death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau are now awaiting extradition to Illinois.

Lathem, 42, is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern and Warren, 56, works for Oxford University in England.

Prior to the arrests, Lathem had sent a video to his friends and family in which he talks about the biggest mistake of his life, a high-level source at the Chicago Police Department told CNN on Friday.

CNN has not seen the video and police are not releasing it, but Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi characterized it as Professor Wyndham Lathem "apologizing for his involvement in the murder of Trenton Cornell-(Duranleau)."

His death occurred the same day that one of the suspects walked into the public library of Lake Geneva, a Wisconsin resort city about an hour's drive from Chicago, and made a $1,000 cash donation in Cornell-Duranleau's name.

Victim was 'mutilated,' source says

On Wednesday, Chicago police issued first-degree murder arrest warrants for Lathem and Warren.

Chicago police were tight-lipped about many details. They said they could not elaborate on any possible relationship between the victim and the two suspects.

A high-ranking police official on Thursday told CNN that responding officers found a horrific scene in Lathem's River North apartment.

"The victim was savagely murdered," the official said. Frankly, he was "mutilated."

Police recovered what they believed to be a murder weapon -- a broken blade.

According to CNN affiliate WLS, investigators determined that Warren had recently come to Chicago from England but didn't know whether he knew the victim.

Northwestern said in a statement that Lathem "has been placed on administrative leave and banned from entering the Northwestern University campuses."

"This is now a criminal matter under investigation by the appropriate authorities, and Northwestern University is cooperating in that investigation," according to the statement.

Lathem joined the Northwestern faculty in 2007 and researched bacteria that cause disease in humans, particularly lung infections, according to his university biography page, which has since been removed.

He spoke at conferences and has appeared in videos about disease research. One posted earlier this year details how an organism contributed to pneumonic plague.

Cornell-Duranleau's funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The Lennon Wesleyan Church with burial following at the Yerian Cemetery in Lennon.

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