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From Chicago CBS Local
A Cook County jury awarded $40 million to the family of Rhoni Reuter on Wednesday, in a lawsuit they filed against the woman convicted of killing Reuter and her unborn child in 2007.

In March, a Lake County jury convicted Marni Yang, 43, of killing Reuter and her unborn baby on Oct. 4, 2007. Prosecutors said Yang plotted to kill Reuter, the pregnant girlfriend of ex-Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, to eliminate her as a romantic rival.

Yang received a life sentence for the murder, but Reuter’s family wanted a different kind of justice.

As CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports, Reuter’s family said their civil suit wasn’t about the money that the jury awarded, but about letting the world know just who Reuter really was.

Ted Woerthwein, the Reuter family’s attorney, acknowledged it’s unlikely the family will get all of the $40 million awarded by a Cook County jury on Wednesday.

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