Man charged in shooting death of wife, 15-year-old sister-in-law

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. -- 31-year-old Ryan C. Yarber has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and her sister in Crystal Lake, police said.

Police went to a home in the 100 block of Marian Parkway shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday night after receiving a call about a woman with a knife. While on the way there, they received information that there was also a man in the home armed with a gun.

When they arrived, they found a 15-year-old girl and a 31-year-old Allania Yarber  inside the home with multiple gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Three children were also inside the home at the time.

Thursday night one of Yarber’s sons had a playmate over. The children say they heard fighting and screaming and gunshots and hid under the bed  before police came to rescue them.

Yarber was take into custody soon after. The gun was recovered at the home.

According to McHenry County property records Yarber owned the home with Allania  and the couple lived here with their two young children.

Neighbors say Yarber came to Illinois from Oregon last year and he works as a security guard.

Yarber was held at the McHenry County Jail.  He will be in court tomorrow morning.