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CHICAGO — Six people were found dead in a Gage Park home Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The bodies were found in the 5700 block of South California Avenue at 1:05 p.m. while officers were conducting a well-being check, police said.
The victims included a 12-year-old boy, four men and one woman. Two of the adult victims were elderly, and all had been stabbed, a law enforcement source said. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said at the scene that police believe all six people lived in the house, though medical examiners had not yet confirmed that they were all stabbed.
A coworker of a person who lived in the home was concerned he had not showed up to work for two days and called police for a well being check. Officials saw an unresponsive person at the address. The Fire Department arrived first, popped the door open and police went in. They then started finding bodies with stab wounds, a law enforcement source said.
Police did not confirm the age or gender of the child.
A woman who lives on the block where the body was found said an officer told her that “as long as he has been working, he never has seen anything so gruesome.”
She said her son is friends with a 12-year-old who lives in the home, and that she’s lived near them for about three years.
On Wednesday, she knocked on their door to request that the “grandfather move his truck.” No one answered, which she found “weird.”
The neighbor said the family’s curtains have been drawn for days, something that was uncharacteristic, and her children haven’t seen anyone that lives there since Monday.
Police officials said they are considering it a death investigation, and not yet a homicide investigation, as medical examiners have not yet entered the home. Police Supt. John Escalante said there is no immediate known threat to the neighborhood, though the 8th District has stepped up patrols in the area as a precaution.
In April 2010, James A. Larry of Madison, Wis. killed five of his family members in their Chicago Lawn home. He was sentenced to life without parole.
In 2003, a Canaryville gun battle with police ended in the deaths of seven people, including that of gunman Salvador Tapia.
In July, a mother and her three children were found dead in a Chatham home. All four deaths were ruled homicides by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.