Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Two children, parents and three dogs found shot dead in home, suspect at large

A family in suburban Illinois was found dead from gunshot wounds in their home on Sunday night.

The shocking scene was discovered around 8.40pm on Sunday night after police in Romeoville conducted a wellness check at a family home.

One of the family members failed to show up for work on Sunday morning at 6.00am. Coworkers and family members became concerned after they failed to respond to phone calls throughout the day.

When police arrived at the home, they found the four members of the family dead from gunshot wounds.

The parents were identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Alberto Rolon, 38, and Zoraida Bartolomei, 32. Their children, who have not been named, were identified as two juvenile males.

Additionally, three pet dogs owned by the family were all killed by gunshots.

Police estimated that the killings took place some time between 9.00pm on Saturday and 5.00am on Sunday morning.

‘We don’t believe that the offender is among the victims right now,’ said Romeoville Police Deputy Chief Chris Burne. ‘It is not a murder-suicide.’


Investigators have released few details about the suspect, who remains at large. They have not indicated there is a danger to the public, and have not issued a shelter-in-place order for the small Chicago suburb.

‘Due to the timeframe that has gone by, more than 18 hours from the time we were contacted, we are not asking anybody to shelter in place,’ Deputy Chief Burne said.

He continued: ‘We are not actively looking for anybody in the area, but we do always ask our residents to have a good sense of self-awareness and to report anything that they might see as suspicious.’

Police are currently investigating the crime as a murder, and released no other details in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.

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