Residents of a quiet street in suburban Romeoville were in mourning Monday evening after an unimaginable tragedy: the murder of a young family.
According to police, around 8:43 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 500 block of Concord Avenue for a wellness check. When officers arrived, they found four people deceased with gunshot wounds, Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Burne said.
“It’s so sad, you know,” neighbor Carol Love said. “But nice people. They didn’t bother anyone. I hope they find out who did this.”
Officers who conducted the welfare check found the bodies of the adult parents, as well as their 7- and 9-year-old children. Three dogs inside the home were also found shot.
“That says a lot,” said another neighbor, Ociel Pineda. “Last night I couldn’t sleep. I think there are a lot of crazy people… a lot of crazy people. I lock all the doors.”
The parents were identified by authorities as Alberto Rolon and Zoraida Bartolomei. The children’s names have not yet been released, but they were both students at Robert C. Hill Elementary School, according to a release from Valley View Community Unit School District 365U.
“…Two of our RC Hill Elementary School students tragically lost their lives in a senseless act of gun violence at their Romeoville residence,” the district’s statement read in part.
Following the students’ deaths, the district launched its crisis plan, which will utilize a crisis intervention team of trained professionals, including counselors, social workers and psychologists, to help students in need Support.
Several neighbors told NBC Chicago that the family, who had lived in the home since April, was calm.
The deputy chief said Monday that the department was “not actively searching” for suspects and that authorities were not asking residents to shelter in place. However, police are asking anyone who saw or heard anything between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday morning – when the shooting appears to have taken place – to come forward.
“I hope they get them,” one neighbor said. “If they did it once, they’ll do it again.”