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Brutal Gage Park Massacre Was Likely The Work Of Multiple Killers

By Mae Rice in News on Apr 8, 2016 4:30PM

Gage Park, via CPD

Police now believe February’s Gage Park massacre was conducted by multiple killers, because the six victim’s bodies were found in several different rooms, the Sun-Times reports.

Autopsy reports for three victims—Rosaura Martinez, 58; Alexis Cruz, 10; and Noe Martinez, Jr.—also revealed brutal details of their deaths.

Six people total were found dead in a home at West 57th Street and South California Avenue on Feb. 4, comprising three generations of the same family. They were identified by family and police as Noe Martinez and his wife, Rosaura Hernandez; their adult children, Noe Martinez Jr. and Herminia Martinez; and Alexis and Leonardo, Herminia’s two sons.

Police found Rosaura Martinez first, wearing her pajamas and lying in a found in a pool of blood on the home’s enclosed porch, the Sun-Times reports. She had been stabbed in the abdomen five times, and there was a large slash wound across her face. The arteries in her neck had also been slashed, and her left wrist was dislocated.

Cruz was found in the home’s basement. He had been stabbed repeatedly, and stab wounds had punctured his heart three times, as well as his lungs and liver, according to the Sun-Times. Noe Martinez, Jr. was found upstairs, with knife wounds; he had been bludgeoned in the head until he died.

Police initially cited “blunt trauma” as the cause of death in the massacre; they later said the six were killed with “bladed weapons” and a gun, specifying that the gun was only used to kill Herminia Martinez; the other five victims died of a mix of blunt- and sharp-force injuries.

Police have not found “significant” criminal records for any of the victims, and don’t believe they were involved in criminal activity.