Girlfriend Accused of Getting Coworker to Kill Boyfriend so They Could Start Relationship

Agnieszka Rydzewski, 33, is charged with solicitation to commit murder in connection with the death of Arthur Cantu, say police

<p>Bridgeview Police Department</p> Agnieszka Rydzewski, leftl, and Anthony Calderon

Bridgeview Police Department

Agnieszka Rydzewski, leftl, and Anthony Calderon

A 33-year-old Illiois woman is facing criminal charges after allegedly arranging for her 20-year-old McDonald’s co-worker to kill her longtime boyfriend so she and the co-worker could be together, say authorities.

On Wed., May 15, at about 5 a.m., Arturo Cantu, 39,  left his Bridgeview apartment and was walking to his car when he was shot multiple times, according to Bridgeview police, NBC Chicago reports.

His body was found on the side of his building, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Friday night, police arrested Anthony Calderon  and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with Cantu’s shooting death, Fox 32 Chicago reports. The following day, police arrested Agnieszka Rydzewski and charged her with solicitation to commit murder, according to Fox 32.

The investigation into Cantu’s shooting death led authorities to accuse Rydzewski of plotting with Calderon to kill Cantu, NBC Chicago reports.

Detectives found texts between the two in which they allegedly discussed their plan, prosecutors said in court, NBC Chicago reports.

A text message allegedly sent on May 9 said “we will be together once all is clear,” NBC Chicago reports, citing prosecutors.

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According to prosecutors, the two began texting each other in April about an alleged plot to kill Cantu, CBS Chicago reports.

Rydzewski allegedly asked Calderon to find a third party to kill Cantu so the two could be together, prosecutors said, CBC Chicago reports.

When the third party refused to go through with the slaying, Calderon allegedly decided to kill Cantu himself, according to prosecutors, CBS Chicago reports.

The two suspects appeared in court over the weekend, where a judge denied them bail, NBC Chicago reports.

They are both being held in the Cook County Jail. As they await their next court date,  Cantu’s family is mourning his loss. It is unclear if they've retained attorneys to speak on their behalf.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same,” Diana Pacheco told NBC Chicago. “My son didn’t deserve it. He was a very loving man, a hardworking jokester. He put a smile on our faces.”

Bridgeview Police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for information.

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