Two kids, 2 women, 2 men found dead in Chicago home

Chicago police are investigating what led to the deaths of two children, two women and two men whose bodies were found with signs of trauma inside a home on the city's South Side.

See Full Article

Chicago police Chief of Detective Eugene Roy said Friday morning that the victims suffered blunt trauma. The bodies were found Thursday afternoon, when police initially said four men, a woman and a child had been killed. Police are investigating the deaths as a multiple homicide.

The victims' identities will be released after the Cook County medical examiner has performed autopsies Friday morning, Roy said. He said it appeared the victims were members of the same family.

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said police are trying to locate relatives.

There were no signs of forced entry to the residence in the Gage Park neighbourhood, the home didn't appear ransacked, and the victims weren't bound, Roy said.

Escalante told reporters Thursday that the case appeared to be an isolated incident and that there was no wider threat to the community, but police added extra patrols in the neighbourhood as a precaution. Asked whether it could have been a murder-suicide, he said it was "a possibility."

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said later Thursday that police were "not yet" searching for suspects.

Escalante said police checked the house Thursday afternoon after receiving a call from a co-worker worried about someone who lived there. That person had missed two days of work, which was "highly unusual and very suspicious," Escalante said.

Police arrived at the single-family brick home just after 1 p.m. They looked inside and saw one body, entered and found five more.

Six people lived in the home -- a couple, their son, their daughter and the daughter's two children -- a relative said.

"They were a normal family. Everything was fine," Noemi Martinez, 29, said from Dallas during a phone interview in Spanish. She said her husband was a nephew and cousin of the home's residents.

Martinez said the father worked at a factory in Chicago and the mother was a housewife. They were originally from the Mexican state of Guanajuato and had lived in Chicago for about a decade, Martinez said.

"Right now, we just want to know who did this. They didn't deserve this. We don't understand what happened," she said.

Escalante said the investigation would take time but emphasized there was no imminent threat.

"At this time we don't believe that there is any threat to the surrounding community or any known threat right now to the immediate neighbourhood," he said.

In the neighbourhood, three teenage boys said they were worried about a classmate at Rachel Carson Elementary School who lived in the home. They feared he was among the dead.

"His favourite sport was soccer," Aaron Villazana said of his friend, and Emmanuel Hernandez chimed in: "He'd get out of school and play soccer. ... He liked sharing."

"I just saw him three days ago. He was walking by. He told me, 'How are your basketball games going?"' said Jesus Anderade.

Earlier, Rosa De La Torre's 13-year-old son comforted her as she sat down and sobbed near the home, worried a friend could be among the victims.

Another neighbour, Lettie Magas, 68, lamented what she said has been an increase in crime in recent years.

"I feel safe as long as it's daylight out, but I won't come out at night, no way," Magas said.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

    World News CTV News
    Berlin police say 39 people were detained Saturday in connection with a far-right march commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess. More than 500 neo-Nazis had attempted to march to the site of the former prison in Berlin's western district of Spandau where Hess died in 1987, but were blocked by left-wing groups and local residents. Source
  • Imam among 12 suspects in Spain vehicle attacks

    World News CBC News
    Dignitaries attended a church service in Barcelona on Sunday for victims of the vehicle attacks in Spain as investigators reported suspicions that 12 members of a terror cell were involved in the plot. King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife, Letizia, arrived for the mass at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, along with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont. Source
  • Syria's Assad rejects security co-operation with the West

    World News CTV News
    DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian President Bashar Assad has blasted the West, rejecting any security co-operation or reopening of embassies in Damascus before those countries cut relations with opposition groups. Assad's defiant comments on Sunday come at a time when his troops are gaining ground around the country and many countries have ceased calling for him to step down. Source
  • Mattis tight-lipped on new U.S. Afghanistan war strategy

    World News CTV News
    AMMAN, Jordan -- U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says he is satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy. But he won't discuss what's in it. In remarks to reporters travelling with him to the Middle East, Mattis said he would not talk about the new policy until it is disclosed by President Donald Trump. Source
  • Malaysia apologizes for showing Indonesia's flag as Poland's

    World News CTV News
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia apologized to Indonesia on Sunday for an "unintentional" mistake in printing the Indonesian flag upside down in a souvenir guidebook for the Southeast Asian Games. The error made the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland's and caused anger in Indonesia, where "shameonyoumalaysia" has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter. Source
  • Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe despite assault claim

    World News CTV News
    HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from South Africa on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. Source
  • Quebec ticket takes Saturday night's $7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Saturday night's $7 million Lotto 649 jackpot was won by a ticket sold in Quebec. And the draw's guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario. The winning numbers in Saturday's Lotto 6-49 draw were: 2, 13, 27, 45, 48 & 49. Source
  • Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Tal Afar from ISIS: PM

    World News CTV News
    BAGHDAD -- U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces on Sunday began a multi-pronged military operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister announced. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in July in Mosul, the country's second-largest city. Source
  • Pride Parade to bring rainbows to Montreal's streets today

    Canada News CBC News
    The festivities celebrating Montreal's sexual diversity and plurality are nearly over, but not before the colourful and large-scale Pride Parade takes over downtown streets today. The parade will start at noon at the corner of Drummond Street and make its way east along René-Lévesque Boulevard. Source
  • Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe after South Africa assault allegation

    World News CBC News
    Grace Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe early on Sunday, state media reported, after a 20-year-old model accused the wife of President Robert Mugabe of assaulting her in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room. South Africa granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity, a security source told Reuters on Friday. Source