And 38-year-old Noe Martinez Jr. And his sister, Maria Herminia Martinez.
The victims had all suffered “sharp-force” and “blunt force” injuries, the Tribune reported, except for 32-year-old Maria Herminia Martinez, who was shot.
In total, there were six victims, spanning three generations of the same family — all found dead in a Chicago home in early February.
“For CPD officers and detectives, it became personal, as the Martinez family weren’t repeat offenders, or involved in illegal activity,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference this week. “They were a family like any other, who went to work, went to school, loved each other and abided by the law.
“In my 28 years, I haven’t seen a case that has hit as close to home for myself and so many others in this department than what was discovered on that cold Thursday afternoon in February. ”
On Thursday, authorities announced that 22-year-old Diego Uribe and 19-year-old Jafeth Ramos were both charged with six counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths. Uribe was a member of the victims’ family, and Ramos is his girlfriend.
“This is a lot for them to soak in,” Dawn Valenti, a crisis responder who helped the Martinez family with the burial, told the Tribune. “This family has a lot to absorb.”
Uribe, who was a familiar sight at the family’s home, had cried at the funeral services, the Tribune reported.
“I hugged this kid,” Valenti said.
At Thursday’s news conference, Johnson said the family was “mercilessly slain in an act of barbarism.” The murders appear to be an attempted robbery gone wrong, according to authorities.
Uribe “originally attempted to rob his family for money before it turned into a multiple homicide,” Johnson said. Ramos was in the home at the time of the murders and “was an accomplice to this unspeakable act,” he said.
None of the victims had been bound or restrained, which led authorities to think that the family knew their attackers, explained the chief of detectives, Eugene Roy. It took crews nearly 16 hours to process the scene, Roy said.
DNA evidence and cellphone records linked Uribe to the scene, Roy said, and the investigation found that Ramos was with her boyfriend.
“Both made statements admitting their roles in this horrific crime,” he said.
William Dunn, commander of Area Central detectives, said it appears the Martinez family let Uribe into the home because they knew him. The massacre started with an argument between Uribe and Maria Herminia Martinez, his aunt by marriage. He fatally shot her first and then “systematically” went through the house, stabbing and beating the others to death, Dunn said.Uribe ended up stealing only “nominal amounts of cash and electronics,” said Eugene Roy, chief of detectives.A police source said Uribe had not been a suspect at first, but detectives got a tip that he had shown up for work the day after the slayings with some noticeable injuries.
In Thursday’s news conference, Uribe was described as a cousin.
Earlier this month, a poll found that Chicago residents were as likely to think the young people in their communities would be the victims of a violent crime as graduate from college.
Mark Berman contributed to this report.