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Crime & Courts

Joliet police investigating slayings of 2 from West Chicago, 1 from Plainfield

Coroner: Victims died from multiple gunshot wounds

A young man and woman from West Chicago and a Plainfield man were shot to death after a party Wednesday night in the 2000 block of Great Falls Drive, police said.

Their bodies were discovered by Joliet police Thursday afternoon. Officers were called to a single-family home in a subdivision near County Line Road and Apple Gate Drive, where they met a person who directed them inside the home. Police declined to identify the person.

On Friday afternoon, the Will County Coroner’s Office identified the three victims as Anthony M. McGee, 22, and Gabriella M. Rueda, 22, both of West Chicago, and Emmanuel Hernandez-Arroyo, 22, of Plainfield.

Preliminary autopsy results showed each died from multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m. Thursday.

Final cause and manner of death will be determined at a later date pending police, autopsy and toxicology reports, the coroner’s office said.

The incident is being investigated by police as a homicide. Police are trying to track down people who attended a party at the home Wednesday evening.

Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said police don't know when the party ended, but it had continued into the early morning hours of Thursday. The three victims are believed to have been shot sometime Thursday morning.

“The victims in this situation knew the perpetrator of this crime, as there was a party, and this crime is related to this party,” Gregory said.

He declined to reveal where in the home the victims were found.

McGee, who also has lived at the home where his body was found, was released from prison less than five months ago. He served time for possession of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

McGee was a student at Champions Beauty Barber University this year, according to his Facebook profile.

Neighbors Brenda Guethle and her son, Brad Guethle, said they knew the McGee family who lived at the home where the slayings are believed to have taken place.

Both said McGee, who Brad Guethle once was friends with, was one of the victims, along with the son's girlfriend and another person. Brenda Guethle said she spoke with McGee’s mother Thursday night, and she reportedly said her son was dead inside the home.

Brad Guethle said McGee was a “good kid” growing up, but he started “getting involved with kind of a bad crowd, in my opinion.”

Brenda Guethle said she was in disbelief about the incident. She said she has lived in the neighborhood 16 years, and both their families grew up together.

“It’s really disbelief. It’s two doors from my house. It’s people that I know. People that have been in my house. Friends. It’s shocking. I really hope they catch whoever this was,” she said.

Joliet Deputy Police Chief Al Roechner declined to confirm whether McGee was one of the victims, saying police do not identify the victims of homicides.

Brandi Dunlap said she lives next to the home where the incident occurred, and that she really enjoys having the family who lives there as neighbors.

She said the neighborhood largely consists of families.

"I’m actually very surprised that this happened," Dunlap said.

Dunlap said she did not recognize that anything was out of the ordinary Wednesday night or Thursday morning, but did hear several loud bangs about 4 a.m.

"I didn’t think anything of it because people in our neighborhood blow off fireworks all the time," Dunlap said. "I didn't think it could be anything else."

Jennifer Velasco, who lives next door to the home where the bodies were found, said her family didn’t know anything and didn’t hear any party that occurred. She said she knew McGee when they were young.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call the Joliet Police Department Investigations Division at 815-724-3020.

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