Two suspects wanted by police in the murders of a family of four outside Chicago were found shot to death in a burning car in Oklahoma, authorities said Wednesday.
Nathaniel Huey Jr., 31, of Streamwood, Illinois, and an unnamed woman were identified as persons of interest in the murders after the two adults, two children and three dogs were found in a home in the small town of Romeoville, Illinois over the weekend.
Romeoville Deputy Chief Chris Burne told local media that a car linked to the man was spotted by a license plate reader in Catoosa, Oklahoma, triggering a traffic stop.
But when officers tried to stop the vehicle, it fled, crashed and caught fire. Officers at the scene reportedly “heard two noises that may have been gunshots,” Chief Burne said.
Officers found the man fatally shot in the driver’s seat and a seriously injured woman in the passenger seat.
“This is still an active and evolving investigation and this portion of the incident is still ongoing,” Chief Burne said.
He did not say what Huey’s relationship was to the family who was killed over the weekend, but said the evidence “showed us a connection between our suspect and the victims, as well as a possible motive.” .
This comes just days after a family of four was shot to death in a Chicago suburb.
Police were called to a welfare check at the Romeoville, Illinois, home Sunday morning.
Police arrived and found the bodies of Alberto Rolon, 38, Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, their two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their dogs.
“I want to know what happened to my nephews, my sister, her husband and WHY? Bartolomei’s sister, Bryana, wrote in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
The loss of the Rolon-Bartolomei family shocked many friends and family members – Bartolomei’s sister, Bryana, came forward and shared her grief with the community.
In the description of a GoFundMe, Bryana wrote: “This fundraiser was created in an effort to help the Rolon-Bartolomei family with funeral expenses, as well as to raise awareness of this ongoing case. Zoraida Bartolomei, Alberto Rolon, their children Adriel and Diego (ages 10 and 7) were involved in a horrific crime that cost them their lives and shattered countless others.
Bryana said her sister and brother-in-law had just reunited in their first home and described the children as “the sweetest, most innocent angels who could take your worries away.”
“The world will be a much darker place without them,” she added.