Three people, one of whom was a student at Bradley University in Peoria, were found dead after a house fire near Elmhurst last week were members of a family who died in a murder-suicide committed by the family's mother, DuPage County authorities revealed Sunday.
The three bodies were removed from the first floor of the home on the 3N300 block of Willow Road in unincorporated DuPage County near Elmhurst after authorities arrived at the burning structure around 9:30 p.m. Friday.
On Sunday, DuPage County officials identified the victims as Jamie M. Jones, 43, and her two sons Nathan A. Harris, 19, and Jason M. Harris, 16. Nathan Harris was a computer science major who was to return to Bradley as a sophomore next month, according to the Journal Star in Peoria..
Authorities said their investigation showed that Jones fatally shot both sons before setting her home ablaze and then turning the gun on herself.
Sheriff's officials didn't offer a motive for the murder-suicide but urged people to seek mental health help at moments of personal crisis.
"This is truly a tragedy. An act like this is completely inconceivable. This will be a trying time for the family, the community and our first responders who dealt with the aftermath of this horrible incident," DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick said in a statement.
"We offer sincere condolences for anyone affected and urge anyone who is going through stressful times in their lives to please seek help."
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