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Tragic Murder Of Entire Chicago Family Reveals Divorce And Financial Struggles


There is no doubt that the divorce process can be extremely stressful and contentious. When an individual is faced with divorce proceedings, it may feel like the stakes have never been higher, with children, properties, assets, marital support, the family home, and beloved pets on the line. Indeed, sometimes divorces can get messy, and the added anticipated financial burdens and pressures of a divorce, coupled with instability within the family unit and home, and uncertainty of the outcome of the divorce, can severely impact the lives of all family members involved. Unfortunately, sometimes the toll of divorce and other underlying stressors in the marriage, such as finances and other marital issues, can cause a person to snap and take matters into their own hands. Although on the rarer side, a divorce may be the tipping point for an already volatile relationship, and can lead to violence and even death.

Unfortunately, such a horrific case occurred in Chicago’s Buffalo Grove neighborhood earlier this winter. According to local Chicago news reports, local police authorities were called to a Buffalo Grove residence around 11:12 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30 to conduct a well-being check on an adult female at the home. It was later determined that the call was actually made by a coworker of one of the women that was at the home. When police arrived on the scene, no one came to the door to let them into the house, and they made forcible entry into the residence. Once inside, police were met with a terrifying and tragic scene – five individuals and a family pet were dead inside the home, and there were no obvious survivors of the massacre. The deceased family members included two young girls under the age of 10 years, two individuals in their late thirties, and a 67-year-old woman. Neighbors of the family noted that police had been repeatedly called to the home in recent months. Court documents revealed that the couple in their late thirties were going through divorce proceedings, and the female had filed an order of protection against the male, her husband. The husband was not legally allowed near the two young girls, the wife, or the home. The deceased male had also filed for an order of protection, but it was denied by a judge and his case was dismissed. Accordingly, when the deaths occurred at the Buffalo Grove home, the husband was not legally in the residence. Investigation into the massacre also revealed that the Buffalo Grove home had been foreclosed on just three weeks prior to the deaths. The investigation is ongoing and weapons had not been recovered at the time of the reports.

Help with Your Chicago Divorce and What to Do when a Divorce Turns Violent

If you are involved in a divorce case and things turn violent, it is always best to get law enforcement involved. Of course, if you believe that you or another family member is in imminent physical danger, call authorities right away. When it comes to the divorce proceedings, it is best to have the help of a skilled and experienced Chicago divorce lawyer, especially if the divorce proceedings are especially heated or violence is threatened. If you need help with your Chicago divorce, reach out to the skilled and experienced Chicago divorce lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC. Contact Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC, today and learn about your rights and options in your Chicago divorce case.



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