HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — A man is in custody after two people were found dead inside an apartment in Highland Park.

According to city officials, emergency crews responded to a wellness check at an apartment in the 1800 block of Green Bay Road Wednesday at around 10 a.m. Officers noticed blood under the door and forced their way into the unit.

Two deceased individuals, a man and a woman, were found inside the unit. A third person, later identified as Barry Goldberg, 45, was also in the unit and taken into custody. Friends of the couple told WGN News Goldberg lived in the second-floor unit with his parents.

“Barry had some mental issues that they were trying to resolve,” family friend Mindy Kirsch said. “They took him to therapy, they did everything.”

Goldberg has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

“They were really good people. They were really nice down to earth people. I knew it was them and it’s a hard day. It’s hard for Highland Park now to go through something else like this,” Kirsch said.

Kirsch said the loss is amplified by the grief this community is already bearing following the Fourth of July shooting.

“It’s a hard day and it’s hard for Highland Park now to go through something else like this,” Kirsch said. “We’re still trying to heal here and now it’s going to be a lot more healing.”

Goldberg is expected to make an appearance before a judge either later Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.