Victims identified in apparent murder-suicide, fire in Oak Lawn

The man suspected of killing his father, mother, and nephew, and then starting a fire, is believed to have carried out the crimes after his nephew’s fifth birthday party.

36 year-old John Conta, Jr. appears to have shot John Conta, Sr., 68 year-old Janice Conta, and Matt Meier at his parent’s home in Oak Lawn. The elder Conta’s were the young boy’s grandparents. Authorities say Conta, Jr. then started a fire with gasoline in the basement.

A firefighter actually saw Conta, Jr. commit suicide inside a car in the garage.

Police say he used a gun that belonged to his dad, and they found other weapons amongst the demolished house.

They say he may have been suffering from mental illness, and went to Russia at one point to be a potato farmer.

Autopsies will be done Thursday.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 550 other followers