Illinois Man Shot His Wife and Her Two Children Before Setting Their House on Fire and Killing Himself

Gofundme Lupe Gomez with children Emilio and Briana Rodriguez

An Illinois woman who was trying desperately to leave her marriage was killed Friday along with her two children by the mother’s estranged husband, who then set their house on fire before taking his own life.

Carlos Gomez, 44, shot his estranged wife, Lupe Gomez, 43, and two of his stepchildren, Briana Rodriguez, 22, and Emilio Rodriguez, 20, outside their home in Oak Forest, according to Oak Forest Police, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Carlos then barricaded himself inside their home and set the house on fire, sending loud popping noises throughout the neighborhood as 10-foot high flames engulfed the home, neighbor Brad Weert told the Chicago Sun-Times.

After firefighters put out the huge blaze, police found Carlos inside, dead of a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner’s office said, the Sun-Times reports.

His death was ruled a suicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. The other deaths were ruled homicides.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, KC Baker