Two workers murdered at Chelios' bar

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

DETROIT -- Two people were found stabbed to death Tuesday morning at a sports bar owned by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, authorities said. Police arrested a former employee, according to news reports.

The victims were a man and woman who both worked for Cheli's Chili Bar, officials said. They were found shortly after 9 a.m. on the restaurant's second floor, said police spokeswoman Yvette Walker.

A former employee was arrested, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported. Earlier, Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings told the Free Press that "a former disgruntled employee" may have been responsible.

The newspapers identified the victims as Megan Soroka, 49, of suburban Dearborn, and Mark Barnard, 52, of Detroit.

Soroka was a manager and Barnard was a cook.

A message seeking additional information was left Tuesday night with police.

Police also questioned other employees in the restaurant at the time of the killings, believed to be shortly before 9 a.m. The three-story building sits next to Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

Chelios opened the sports bar and restaurant in 2005. The restaurant, which has a banner honorinhad been expected to have a busy night Tuesday because of a ceremony at Joe Louis Arena honoring Red Wings star Steve Yzerman.

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