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6 Found Dead In Gage Park Home, Possibly Stabbed To Death

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Feb 4, 2016 9:47PM

Gage Park, via CPD

Six people, including a child, were found dead in a Gage Park home on the Southwest Side Thursday. At least one was stabbed to death, according to the Sun-Times.

The child appeared to be between 10 and 12 years old, according to interim police chief John Escalante, and two of the adult victims were elderly. Escalante said the scene did not indicated that the Gage Park community was under threat, according to the Sun-Times, but patrols were being added to the neighborhood anyway. In a press briefing he said the victims were four men and one woman, in addition to the child, and the scene would be investigated by the medical examiner shortly.

Police checked on the home, on South California Avenue, around 1 p.m. Thursday, after one resident did not show up for work Wednesday or Thursday, according to Escalante. Authorities say police officers could see a body in the home from outside, and went inside to find the six residents dead with "signs of trauma" on their bodies.

Neighbors told the Sun-Times that a woman with two sons and her parents had lived in the home for several years, and that they typically keep their curtains open—but the curtains were all closed Wednesday. A neighbor also noticed a grandfather's van parked on the street that hadn't been moved all day Wednesday.