3 ‘bladed weapons’ used to kill most of family from Chicago’s Gage Park

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CHICAGO -- Three "bladed weapons" appear to have been used to kill most of the six family members found dead last week in their Gage Park neighborhood home, a Chicago police spokesman said Wednesday.

None of those weapons were recovered, however, as investigators continue to pursue leads in the slayings of Rosaura Martinez, 58; her husband, Noe Martinez Sr., 62; their son, Noe Martinez Jr., 38; their daughter, Maria Herminia Martinez, 32; and her two sons, Leonardo Cruz, 13, and Alexis Cruz, 10.

The Martinez family members were found stabbed and shot to death last Thursday in a house at 57th and California.

According to the Cook County medical examiner's office, Martinez Sr. and the children died from "multiple sharp-force injuries," his wife died from "multiple sharp- and blunt-force injuries," and their son died from "multiple blunt- and multiple sharp-force injuries." Their daughter died from "multiple gunshot wounds."

Their deaths were all ruled as homicides.

Chicago police say the family was targeted but haven't revealed why. The FBI is helping with the investigation.

The family's relatives are hoping to get inside the home at some point to collect items with sentimental value. A couple of people arrived at the house Wednesday, but they decided not to enter, and left without comment.

A wake and funeral are scheduled for this weekend.

The visitation is Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at House of Branch, 3125 W. Roosevelt, in Chicago.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, 5511 S. Sawyer Ave, in Chicago.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to the report

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