Latest: Chicago police believe 6 found dead were targeted

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Posted: Feb 05, 2016 10:21 PM
Latest: Chicago police believe 6 found dead were targeted

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on six people found dead in a house on Chicago's South Side (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Police say they believe six people found dead inside a Chicago home were killed in a "targeted incident," though they're still trying to determine a possible motive.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL'-mee) said Friday night the killings could have occurred during a robbery or a domestic incident. He says it's also possible someone in the home "was involved in something that could have targeted them."

Officers found the bodies of six family members — two men, two women and two children — in the house they shared on Thursday.

Police initially said it was possible one person killed the other five before taking his or her own life. They said there was no sign of forced entry and the home hadn't been ransacked.

But the medical examiner's office ruled the deaths homicides Friday.

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4 p.m.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office says five of the six people found dead in a Chicago home were stabbed to death. The sixth person, described as a middle-aged woman, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police on Thursday discovered the bodies of two children, ages 10 and 12, two men and two women whom they say appear to be family members living together in the South Side house.

They said there was no sign of forced entry, and police didn't believe there was a wider threat to the community.

Autopsy results released Friday show two of the stabbing victims — an older female and a middle-aged male — also suffered blunt force trauma. All six deaths were declared homicides.

Authorities haven't identified the people killed.

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12:50 p.m.

A woman who lives next door to a Chicago home where six people were found dead says the victims were "nice, quiet people."

Chicago police found the bodies of two children, ages 10 and 13, two men and two women in a home Thursday on the city's South Side. Authorities say the victims suffered blunt force trauma.

On Friday, next-door neighbor Mayra Diego said the family members were peaceful people who would come over and visit her mother.

Diego remembered the children playing with a ball and the family having summer gatherings. She lamented that neighbors like herself couldn't have done something or noticed anything that would have stopped the killings.

Autopsies on the victims were planned Friday.

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8 a.m.

Chicago police say the six people found dead in a home on the city's South Side appear to be members of the same family.

Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy says investigators believe they know the victims' identities. But he says authorities won't release that information until a relative has formally identified them and an autopsy has been finished.

Roy told reporters Friday that there were no signs of gunfire at the scene and that the victims died of blunt force trauma. He added that officers found the home's doors locked and there was no sign of a break-in.

Officers discovered the bodies Thursday, and police said the case was being treated as a multiple homicide.

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7:45 a.m.

Chicago police say two women, two men and two children aged 10 and 13 were found dead inside a home on the city's South Side.

Chicago Police Chief of Detective Eugene Roy said Friday morning that the victims suffered blunt trauma. The bodies were found Thursday afternoon. Police initially said four men, a woman and a child were killed.

Roy says the victims' identities will be released after the Cook County medical examiner performs autopsies Friday morning.

He says there was no sign of forced entry to the residence. He says the victims weren't bound and that the home didn't appear ransacked.

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said Thursday that the case appeared to be an isolated incident and that there was no wider threat to the community.

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1:30 a.m.

Chicago police are investigating what led to the deaths of four men, a woman and a child whose bodies were found inside a home on the city's South Side.

Officers discovered the bodies Thursday, and police said the case was being treated as an apparent multiple homicide.

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante told reporters the case appeared to be an isolated incident and there was no wider threat to the community. Asked whether it could have been a murder-suicide, he said it was "a possibility."

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said later Thursday that police were "not yet" searching for suspects.

Escalante says the bodies were found with "signs of trauma." He gave no further details.

No identities were immediately released. Escalante says it's probable they were all family members.