Two charged in murders of six members of Chicago family

Reuters News
Posted: May 19, 2016 5:57 PM

By Fiona Ortiz

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A relative has been charged in the stabbing and shooting deaths of six people from one family in Chicago in February, police said on Thursday.

The suspect, a nephew of the family, and his girlfriend were both arrested and charged with the crimes. Their names and more details will be provided at a news conference at 5 p.m. local time, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Guglielmi said police believe that the nephew had some sort of personal dispute with the people who were killed.

Noe Martinez, 62, his wife Rosaura Martinez, 58, their son Noe Martinez Jr., 38, their daughter Maria Herminia Martinez, 32, and her two children, ages 13 and 10, were found stabbed and shot to death inside their locked home on the south side of Chicago on Feb. 4.

Rosaura Martinez was stabbed more than 40 times, according to reports in local media. All of the other victims were also stabbed to death except for Maria Herminia Martinez, who died from gunshots to the head.

Police found the bodies after a workmate of Noe Martinez Jr's phoned to ask them to check on his wellbeing because he had not gone to work for two days.

After a funeral in Chicago, the bodies were taken to Mexico for burial.

(Editing by James Dalgleish)