The bodies of 5 family members, including 2 daughters aged 4 and 6, were discovered stabbed to death in a possible murder-suicide on Wednesday morning.
Police in Buffalo Grove, Illinois were called to perform a wellness check at a home in the Lake County suburb about 30 miles north of Chicago.
Coworkers became concerned when one family member did not show up at work on Thursday morning, police said. When nobody answered the door, police forced their way in and discovered the grisly crime scene.
The deceased children were identified as Vivian Kisliak, 6, and Amilia Kisliak, 4. The other family members were Lilia Kisliak, 67, Andrei Kisliak, 39, and Vera Kisliak, 36.
Vivian and Amilia were Andrei and Vera’s children. Lilia was the girls’ grandmother. All victims died from sharp force wounds.
An unidentified family pet was also found stabbed to death in the home alongside the family. There were no survivors that investigators are currently aware of.
At a press conference, Buffalo Grove Police Chief Brian Budds called the incident ‘unthinkable’ and ‘traumatic.’
‘You don’t necessarily train for that,’ Budds said. ‘We are resilient by virtue of what we do, but nothing really prepares you for that. It was a horrific sight.’
Police sources told the Lake and McHenry County Scanner that they expect Andrei’s cause of death to be suicide.
There has been no official confirmation that the incident was a murder-suicide yet, but police did state that there was no imminent threat to the community.
Official confirmation should come when coroners finish a final autopsy.
The incident is being investigated as domestic-related violence. Court records show that Andrei and Vera had filed for divorce in July, and Vera had received 2 protective orders against him.
Andrei was later arrested for violating one of those orders on September 30.
The investigation remains active and ongoing.
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