Four family members were killed in the murder-suicide Saturday night that shocked the Chicago west suburban town of Elmhurst. The murder-suicide occurred inside the family’s residence. Police are reporting that Francis Stack, Sr., 82, took his own life after shooting and killing 82-year-old Joan Stack, 48-year-old Francis Stack Jr., and 57-year-old Mary Stack. All four of the deceased had gunshots to their heads according to a CBS News report on Sunday afternoon.
The DuPage County Coroner confirmed that Francis Stack Sr. committed suicide after having killed his wife and two children. Authorities with the Elmhurst Police Department in Chicago’s west suburbs in DuPage County answered a request to perform a well-being check at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. The check was done at the Stack’s residence located in the 600 block of Chatham in Elmhurst. Officers entered the home and made the gruesome findings of the four family members found dead via gunshot wounds.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Francis Stack Sr. was described by neighbors and acquaintances as a loving and devoted father. He was a retired utility crew leader. Public records indicate that he was married to Joan Stack. The couple had four children. Of the four children, Mary – the oldest child – and Francis Jr. – the youngest and the only male child – were born severely disabled. They were in need of constant care. The two parents provided much of the care needed by the two children throughout their lives.
Michael Ruth, the Elmhurst Police Department’s chief, said that when the officers arrived at the scene, they entered the home and found several family members deceased. He reassured locals by saying that there is no danger to the residents or the community at this time. It has been reported that such crimes or incidents are extremely rare in Elmhurst and the surrounding area. The four deceased persons were taken to the DuPage County coroner’s office. Authorities are continuing their investigation into the murders and suicide.