Five people have died following a murder-suicide at a home in a Chicago suburb.
According to a news release, police in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, went to the home Wednesday morning to check on the well-being of a woman.
Unable to contact anyone at the residence upon arrival, responding officers forced their entry and discovered five people dead in what they believe to be a home-related incident, the statement read.
During a news conference Thursday, Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek revealed that those killed in the murder-suicide are Lilia Kisliak, 67; Andrei Kisliak, 39; Vera Kisliak, 36; Vivian Kisliak, 6; and Amilia Kisliak, 4.
Banek said the causes of death for all five victims were “acute force injuries.”
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Chief Ryan Buds of the Buffalo Grove Police Department declined to identify who was responsible for the murder-suicide or what the exact murder weapon was, but he did confirm that a dead animal was also found at the residence along with the family of five. .
Buds called the crime scene “traumatic.”
“We’re resilient by virtue of what we do, but nothing really prepares you for that. It was a horrible sight,” Buds told reporters.
Speaking with WGN-TV on Wednesday night, neighbors said the family moved to the neighborhood about four years ago.
“We would see the children playing,” neighbor Michelle told the station. “They were having friends and family gatherings. Nothing too out of the ordinary, so it’s a huge shock that all of this is happening, especially during this time of year.”
According to WMAQ-TV, Kildeer Countryside School District 96 confirmed that one of the children was a student at Ivy Hall Elementary School.
“Both girls were known to be happy, joyous children,” D96 Superintendent Kathryn Sheridan wrote in a letter to families obtained by the station. “Our hearts go out to everyone who knew them.”
Citing court records, the Chicago Tribune reports that the couple’s home was in foreclosure. Andrei and Vera were also in the midst of a divorce. The couple filed the application on July 8. Their last divorce proceedings were on Tuesday, according to the outlet.
According to the newspaper, citing court records, Vera obtained a protection order against Andrei on September 14. On September 30, he was arrested for violating that order, the outlet reports. He had a hearing scheduled for December 13.
Speaking with Vera’s friend, Liliya Vitulli, on Thursday, WBBM-TV reports that Andrei physically abused Vera before her death.
“She only had a couple of friends, she had no family here, and she confided in my mom, and my mom told her, ‘You have to get out,'” Vitulli said, according to the station. “She said that she couldn’t, that she didn’t have money, that she had no relatives, that she couldn’t, that she couldn’t leave the situation.”
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