Hazel Crest slayings an act of ‘pure evil,’ authorities say

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HAZEL CREST, Ill. -- An act of “pure evil” – that’s how the Hazel Crest police chief is describing the killings of a father and his two young daughters.

The killer has not been arrested, and now, police are asking for the community to come forward with information.

The more time that passes, the more unsettling this case becomes – police say it was targeted attack, not a random act of violence. That means there’s no specific threat to the public, but it also means someone intended to inflict horror at this home.

Saturday afternoon, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as 39-year-old Dionus Neeley, 10-year-old Elle Neeley, and 3-year-old India Neeley.

What happened yesterday was nothing short of evil, at its best,” said Hazel Crest police chief Mitchell Davis. “Anyone who could kill a 3-year-old and a 10-year-old – no matter what the circumstances were – that’s nothing but pure evil.”

Davis called it a horrific crime, and echoed a plea to the public.

“Somebody knows about what transpired,” Davis said. “Look inside yourself, into your heart, come forward and tell us what you know.”

In the neighborhood, some 30 detectives are continuing to canvass for clues.

No one has been arrested and police describe this as an “ongoing” death investigation.

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