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Family of four shot to death in Chicago-area home likely targeted, Romeoville police say


Illinois family of four fatally shot along with their three dogs was not killed in a random attack, police said Tuesday.

Alberto Rolon, 38, Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, and their two boys, ages 7 and 9, died in what appears to be a targeted attack, Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Burne said. in a video release.

“This incident is the police department’s top priority. All officers and professional staff have worked tirelessly on this case,” Burne said. “Our detectives and crime scene investigators have spent the last 36 hours collecting a tremendous amount of physical evidence.”

Police officers investigate the scene in Romeoville, Illinois on September 18, 2023.NBCChicago

The Will County Major Crimes Task Force, Burne said, joined the investigation to collect evidence and collect video.

Investigators continue to seek information from the public, including doorbell video, Burne said.

Police said they had ruled out the possibility of a murder-suicide.

“We do not believe the offender is currently one of the victims,” Burne said Monday.

Detectives believe the shooting happened between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, Burne said.

Mayor John Noak said the incident shook Romeoville, a town of about 40,000 located 35 miles southwest of Chicago.

“It’s always heartbreaking any time there’s a loss of life, but when there are children involved, it’s much more painful,” he said.

The family was found dead inside their home Sunday evening after a relative asked police for a “wellness check” because one of the victims had failed to show up for work, police said .