Authorities are still facing more questions than answers as they investigate the deaths of three men who were killed inside a home in suburban Kankakee.
Police say the three men, all in their 20s, were found dead Wednesday afternoon inside the home in the 600 block of West Merchant Street, just one block from AMITA Health St. Mary’s and across from a baseball field.
Marco Gomez, who lives next door to the house, expressed his shock and disbelief that such a violent crime could take place in the cul-de-sac.
“I was surprised, but I was glad I didn’t have my kids last night,” he said. “I was all alone. What if those bullets were lost? »
Kankakee Mayor Chris Curtis said Illinois State Police are leading the investigation.
“With three bodies, we wanted to bring in the state police crime unit,” he said.
Curtis said the bodies were discovered when a relative called for a wellness check around 2 p.m. The people inside the house are believed to have been killed during the night.
“It’s really sad, but it’s not uncommon to hear gunshots around here anymore,” said neighbor Tracy Wright.
The NAACP also sent its rapid response team to the area.
“People shoot first here, and they don’t ask questions,” Steve Hunter told reporters.
The identity of the victims remains unknown at this time and the motive for the shooting also remains a mystery. No suspects have been identified and police are still searching the house, looking for clues to what happened within its walls.