A family of four was found dead in their Romeoville, Illinois home on Sunday night in what police are investigating as an apparent murder. The victims – identified as parents Alberto Rolon, 38, and Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, and their two young sons, ages 7 and 9 – were discovered deceased alongside their three pet dogs after police conducted a well-being check.
Investigation Ongoing But Public Not at Risk
According to Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Chris Burne, the deaths are being investigated as a quadruple homicide, not a murder-suicide. In a Monday press conference, Burne stated that the timeline suggests the murders occurred sometime between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning. He noted that while no arrests have been made, investigators do not believe there is an ongoing threat, as more than 18 hours passed between the estimated time of death and when police were alerted.
Police have not released any information about a potential motive or suspects. Burne said evidence suggests the crime was not random, but targeted.
The family had reportedly moved into their Romeoville home just a few months ago in April. Neighbors described them as pleasant but mostly keeping to themselves.
The deaths sent shockwaves through the community. “I’m devastated,” said neighbor Lynn Phillips. “I’ve been crying on and off all day.”
The two children attended R.C. Hill Elementary School in Valley View School District 365U. Superintendent Rachel Kinder said the district has deployed its crisis response team of counselors, social workers and psychologists to support students and staff impacted by the tragedy.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started by loved ones to assist with funeral expenses. “These were hardworking people that had just bought their first home. Their kids were the sweetest most innocent angels who could hug your worries away,” the page said.
Romeoville is located about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Police are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone with information to contact them.