Murders of family of four in Illinois ‘not random,’ police say; Neighbors wonder why they didn’t hear gunshots

The shooting deaths of a couple and their two young children inside their suburban Chicago home was a targeted crime, police revealed Tuesday as neighbors in the quiet community wondered how they didn’t hear any gunshots.

Alberto Rolón, 38, and Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, and their two sons, Diego, 7, and Adriel, 9, along with their three dogs, were discovered dead from gunshot wounds on Sunday night, authorities said.

“Our detectives and crime scene investigators have spent the last 36 hours collecting a tremendous amount of physical evidence,” Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Chris Burne said in a videotaped update. “We were able to determine that this was not a random incident.”

He called the murder investigation the department’s “top priority” and urged community members to provide any information, including images of the doorbell, that could assist in the investigation.

Some neighbors couldn’t believe they didn’t hear the shooting that police believe occurred between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

“My niece, her room is right next to the driveway,” a neighbor told ABC 7 Chicago. “And she didn’t hear anything. And she has two little dogs and one of them, if she hears something, barks and swims.”

Alberto Rolón, 38, and Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, and their two sons, Diego, 7, and Adriel, 9, along with their three dogs, were found dead from gunshot wounds on Sunday night, authorities said.Gofundme
The murders of the four family members and their dogs are a "top priority" for the police department.The investigation into the murders of the four family members and their dogs is the department’s “top priority.” Bryana Bartolomei / Facebook

“I never heard anything, if I had I would have reported it,” neighbor Lynn Philips told Fox 32.

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Another neighbor told the station that it was “very ominous” that no one heard anything, even though the houses are close together.

The family moved into the neighborhood earlier this year, and while they are considered good neighbors, they mostly keep to themselves.

Neighbor Cristina Ibarra said the neighborhood is so peaceful that police usually don’t even patrol the area on weekends.

Some neighbors couldn't believe they didn't hear the shooting that police believe occurred between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.Some neighbors couldn’t believe they didn’t hear the shooting that police believe occurred between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.AP
Neighbor Cristina Ibarra said the neighborhood is so peaceful that police usually don't even patrol the area on weekends.Neighbor Cristina Ibarra said the neighborhood is so peaceful that police usually don’t even patrol the area on weekends.AP

“It’s sad because it’s your neighborhood and it’s usually quiet, and then this happens,” Ibarra told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It is very sad.”

Philips told the newspaper that the garage sale he had last year was “probably the most exciting” the neighborhood has ever had.

Romeoville is about 30 miles southwest of Chicago.

Another neighbor told the station that it was “very ominous” that no one heard anything, even though the houses are close together.Another neighbor told the station that it was “very sinister” that no one heard anything, even though the houses are close together.AP
Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Chris BurneRomeoville Deputy Police Chief Chris Burne said the murders were not a random incident. ABC Chicago

Officers stumbled upon the bloody scene Sunday night while conducting a welfare check on the family.

“We will continue to exhaust every possible resource available and will not rest until those responsible for this tragedy are brought to justice,” Burne vowed Tuesday.

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