Chicago police have arrested two suspects in connection with the February murder of a family of six.
Diego Uribe Cruz, 22, and his girlfriend Jafeth Ramos, 19, were charged with six counts of murder each, officials said Thursday, according to CBS Chicago. Officials said Cruz is a cousin of one of the victims.
Chicago Police said that the crime began as Cruz attempted to rob his family, but things went sour and it turned into a multiple homicide, according to CBS.
Police discovered the bodies of Noe Martinez Sr., 62; his wife, Rosaura Martinez, 58; their son, Noe Martinez Jr., 38; their daughter, Maria Herminia Martinez, 32; and her two sons, 13-year-old Leonardo Cruz and 10-year-old Alexis Cruz on Feb. 4 after a friend of Noe Martinez Jr. told police that he had not showed up for work for two days.
Five of the victims were found dead of stab wounds, with Maria Herminia Martinez, Cruz’s cousin, the only victim who was shot to death.
“In my 28 years, I haven’t seen a case that has hit as close to home for myself and so many others in this department than what was discovered on that cold Thursday afternoon in February,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said of the gruesome killings being dubbed the Gage Park Massacre for the family’s Southwest Chicago neighborhood.