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Man and two young daughters shot to death in Chicago suburb

July 4, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man and two young daughters shot to death in Chicago suburb

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A Chicago man and his two daughters were shot to death on early Saturday morning and authorities are currently trying to decipher why it happened.

At around 2:21 a.m. on Saturday morning, police responded to gunshot reports. When authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered the bodies of 39-year-old Diounus M, Neely, 10-year-old Elle Neely, and 3-year-old India Neely.

Police haven’t revealed many details regarding the murders and are only referring to it as a homicide investigation. Officers are currently working with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and plan to reveal further details at a press conference on Sunday.

Angry residents are frustrated at police for not providing them with any details about what exactly had happened to the family and why anyone would want to brutally murder two young children.

Antoine James, who is the custodian at Elle Neely’s school, told reporters: “She’s a beautiful child and so full of life … Immediately when I saw the name, I knew who it was. I took off out of the house like it was on fire because I’m attached to these kids in the neighborhood.”

Police officers spent a vast majority of the day interviewing neighbors, looking for evidence, walking a K-9 around, and taking photos of the scene. According to Fox32 Chicago, several bullet holes were found in the house, but next-door-neighbors said the holes might be from another incident that happened over one month ago.

James held back tears when he pondered about what the loss will do the both staff at students at Elle’s school, the Jesse White Academy.

James said, “No one deserves to go out like that, no one. No one should take the law into their own hands and do something like that.”

“Turn yourself in. It’s only gonna get worse the longer you run. Turn yourself in,” he added.

Hazel Crest Police Chief Mitchell Davis tried to calm resident’s fears at a press conference.

“This was not a random act of violence, this was a targeted event. So the community of Hazel Crest is safe,” Davis said

“We need the help of the community. What happened yesterday was nothing short of evil at its best,” Davis added. “Anyone who could kill a 3-year-old and a 10-year-old, that’s pure evil as far as I’m concerned.”

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