CHICAGO -- A makeshift memorial in front of the home where six members of the same family were found dead continues to grow, as Chicago police continue to pursue several different theories as to how they were killed.
Stuffed animals, flowers and burning candles lay in front of six white crosses on the front lawn of the home as detectives have spent the past few days searching for any evidence that could lead to answers in the grisly deaths of Noe Martinez, Rosa Hernandez, their son Noe Jr., their daughter Herminia and her two young sons, Lexis and Leonardo. The Cook County Medical Examiner reporting five of the victims were beaten and stabbed to death, the other shot and killed. Neighbors say they're stunned something this gruesome could happen in their community.
Detectives now say the family was targeted and this wasn't a random act of violence, after earlier reports indicating this could have been a murder-suicide.
Officers went to the home after receiving a call from a co-worker to check on a person who lived there, but hadn't been in work for two days.
The trembling family dog Pelusa, Spanish for "fuzzy," was pulled from the home by police Thursday, bloody and whimpering.
She’s being cared for by a neighbor, but refused to eat at first.
All the victims sustained blunt trauma, and police are treating the case as a homicide, Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy said at a news conference Friday.
He also said the house was locked when police arrived and there were no signs of forced entry. The victims were not bound, and the house was not ransacked.
Despite the killings, police say they don't think there's any danger to the public.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral arrangements for the family in Mexico.