*Chicago police chief Mitchell Davis is calling the home invasion- murder of Dionus M. Neely, 39, and his two daughters, 3-year-old Endia and 10-year-old Elle, an act of “pure evil.” He also adds that the shootings, which took place in a Chicago suburb called Hazel Crest, were “targeted.”
“Anyone who could kill a 3-year-old and a 10-year-old, that’s pure evil as far as I’m concerned,” Davis said at a news conference Sunday.
The father and his daughters were asleep when the incident took place and Erin Neely, the children’s mother, and wife to Dionus, spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times about the incident.
Neely said that her husband and five children were sleeping on two twin beds and a couch in the living room when the attack happened at about 2:20 a.m. As she describes the horrific incident, the wife and mother says in spite of everything, she is grateful that the other children escaped harm.
“After I didn’t hear any more shots I crawled on the floor and closed the front door because it was open,” she said. “And then I crawled over to the couch where my two daughters were sleeping and pulled them down to the floor. And they were limp.”
Neeley says her husband had a criminal past that included drugs, but had since “he’d cleaned up his life” and was now a stay-at-home dad.
“He was a good father. He loved all his kids,” she said.
The shots were also heard by neighbors, one of whom spoke to the media.
Neighbor Joanne Polzin told WMAQ-TV she awoke to gunshots and heard Erin Neeley screaming.
“I heard the mother screaming. She was just wailing, ‘My babies, my babies,'” Joanne Polzin, a neighbor who said she was awakened by the gunshots, told WMAQ-TV.
Police chief Davis is asking the public for help.
Thirty detectives from the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force have been put on the investigative team, which includes detectives from the state police, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, and suburban police departments.
“You cannot commit a crime like the one that was committed yesterday and have no one know about it,” Chief Davis said on Sunday. “Somebody knows about what transpired.”