Four members of suburban Chicago family found shot to death

CHICAGO Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:49pm EDT

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four members of a suburban Chicago family were found shot dead in their home, with one death ruled a suicide and the rest homicides, police and coroner officials said on Sunday.

Local media said the victims were an elderly couple and their two severely disabled adult children. Police said they were investigating the incident in Elmhurst, about 18 miles west of Chicago, but there was no threat or danger to others.

The four bodies were discovered Saturday evening after Elmhurst police went to the home for a "well being check," police said.

Frank Stack, 82, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, while Joan Stack, 82, Mary Stack, 57, and Francis Stack, 49, had all been murdered, according to preliminary results from the DuPage County Coroner's office. All had been shot in the head.

The coroner's office could not say whether Frank Stack had shot the others - referring those questions to police, who had no further comment. Police had given the youngest victim's age as 48.

The Chicago Tribune, citing DuPage County court records, said the adult children of the elderly couple suffered from severe mental disabilities and were in residential care programs but came home nearly every weekend.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst, Robin Pomeroy and Cynthia Osterman)

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kurgan7 wrote:
Murder-suicide?

Aug 31, 2014 1:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eric1012 wrote:
Well my guess is that it must be murder/suicide because the cops are saying the community isn’t at risk. I’ll guess that one of the kid’s done it though…But you never know. It’s very sad to hear stuff like this. What happen to the country, Parents killing their kids, Kids killing their parents, etc….the list goes on and on. Of course we will see the gun grabbers come out on this if it involved Guns. Well anyway prayers go out to any surviving members of this family.

Aug 31, 2014 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Leprechaunkid wrote:
I tend to agree. I wonder if they were running out of money to keep them in care and didn’t know what to do next. Very sad to see people driven (in their minds) to this end.

Aug 31, 2014 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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