The suspect in the killing of a Chicago family-of-four and their three dogs has been pictured after he was shot dead in a burning vehicle in Oklahoma.
Nathaniel Huey Jr, 31, was found fatally shot in the driver’s seat of a car he crashed following a high speed police chase on Wednesday.
Also in the vehicle was a woman he had a ‘relationship’ with, who was found critically wounded from gunshots.
They were ‘persons of interest’ in the killings of Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, her husband Alberto Rolon and their children Adriel, 10, and Diego, seven. The family were shot in their home in Romeoville, a suburb of Chicago, on Sunday.
Huey had owned a private security firm and was pictured with ammunition magazines, a knife and guns including an assault rifle with an apparent silencer.
The daughter of the female car passenger, who suffered bullet wounds, lived with the suspect and described him as a ‘very dangerous man’.
Nathaniel Huey Jr, 31, the suspect in the killing of a Chicago family-of-four and their three dogs who was shot dead in a burning vehicle in Oklahoma, has been pictured
He was found fatally shot in the driver’s seat of a car he crashed following a police chase on Wednesday with a woman he had a ‘relationship’ with in the vehicle critically wounded
They were named as a ‘person of interest’ in the killings of Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, her husband Alberto Rolon and their children Adriel, 10, and Diego, seven. The family were shot in their home in Romeoville, a suburb of Chicago on Sunday
An investigative bulletin was circulated within Romeoville Police on Sunday in which Huey was described as ‘irrational and erratic’ following the killing of the family.
He had access to a host of weapons at the private security company – called Black Bear Security – her worked for, which had a Streamwood address listed.
There are photos of him on Facebook armed with guns, ammunition and body armor. One picture shows Huey holding an assault rifle with what looks like a suppressor.
Neighbors of the family did not report hearing any gunshots after they were killed along with their three dogs.
The daughter of Huey’s female passenger – who has not been named – described him as ‘dangerous’ and a ‘huge manipulator’.
An investigative bulletin was circulated within Romeoville Police on Sunday in which Huey was described as ‘irrational and erratic’ following the killing of the Chicago family
Cristiana Espinoza, 25, of Streamwood, Illinois, said her mother, who she refused to name, dated the man for eight years and they lived together during that time.
‘He’s a very dangerous man. He’s a huge manipulator. A huge manipulator,’ she told NBC News.
‘When I first met him, he wasn’t too bad of a guy. A couple of months ago, something switched. He was shutting all of us out, including my mom, and now this.
‘He started becoming suspicious … keeping to himself, staying in the garage. He started not being himself, pushing us all away, even my mom.’
She said she has spoken to investigators about her mother and Huey but declined to say what about.
Her mother was reported missing and in danger by her family on Tuesday night. A car linked to Huey was spotted in Catoosa, around 650 miles away from the crime scene, on Wednesday.
Officers said they tried to stop the vehicle but it sped away. It led to the car crashing and catching on fire.
‘Officers on scene heard two noises believed to be gun shots,’ Romeoville Deputy Chief Chris Burne said. Huey was found dead in the driver’s seat and the woman was critically wounded.
The incident led to the lanes of westbound Interstate 44, near Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, to be temporarily shut down at around 11.30am.
Shortly after the Chicago family’s bodies were discovered a statewide alert for Huey and his 2017 GMC Envoy was issued.
There are photos of him on Facebook armed with guns, ammunition and body armor
He had access to a host of weapons as he owned a private security company called Black Bear Security which had a Streamwood address listed
The daughter of Huey’s female passenger described him as ‘dangerous’ and a ‘huge manipulator’
He is said to have been aware police were investigating him for the quadruple killing and at one point followed investigators while driving recklessly. However, there was not enough evidence to arrest him at the time.
Police determined the shooting of the family was ‘not a random incident’ and there is no reason for the public to stay indoors following the fatal shooting.
Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Burne said: ‘Evidence has shown us a nexus between our suspect and the victims as well as possible motive.’
But he refused to reveal further details on the possible motive.
‘Although Huey is identified as a suspect, this is still an active and evolving investigation,’ a police statement said. ‘This portion of the incident is still unfolding.’
‘We were able to determine this was not a random incident and there was no cause for a shelter in place order,’ Burne said on Tuesday.
‘This incident is the police department’s top priority.’ Officers were called to the family’s property on the 500 block of Concord Avenue for a welfare check.
Their family said they have no idea why anyone would want to kill them, and Zoraida’s devastated sister has issued a plea for answers.
One of Zoraida and Alberto did not show up to work on Sunday and did not answer calls from relatives which caused concern.
Police tragically discovered the dead bodies and believe the shooting occurred between 9pm on Saturday and 5am on Sunday.
A vehicle linked to Huey was identified in Catoosa using a license plate reader and authorities tried to stop him but he sped away
He was found dead in a burning car after he was identified as a suspect with the female passenger critically wounded
Police tragically discovered the dead bodies following a welfare check and believe the shooting occurred between 9pm on Saturday and 5am on Sunday
Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Burne said: ‘Evidence has shown us a nexus between our suspect and the victims as well as possible motive’
The Will County Major Crimes Task Force is helping investigators collect evidence and review video, Burne said.
‘All officers and professional staff have been working tirelessly on this case. Our detectives and crime scene investigators have spent the last 36 hours collecting a tremendous amount of physical evidence.’
Zoraida’s sister Bryana Bartolomei shared a photo of the family, originally from Puerto Rico, on Facebook.
She wrote: ‘I want to know what happened to my nephews, my sister, her husband, and WHY?
‘They were shot and killed in their home.’
The picture shows Zoraida and Alberto beaming with their two sons, one playfully holding a strand of his mother’s hair.
A fundraiser created to cover funeral expenses was created on Monday, describing their children as ‘the sweetest most innocent angels’. It has so far raised almost $30,000.
Friends described them as ‘hardworking people that had just bought their first home’.
‘Their kids were the sweetest most innocent angels who could hug your worries away,’ the fundraiser says.
‘In just a few hours their lives, their family’s lives completely changed. The world is going to be a much dimmer place without them.’
Community members have been providing information and evidence to help piece together what happened. Burne is calling for more assistance including Ring doorbell footage.
It was determined that the shooting of the family was ‘not a random incident’ and there is no reason for the public to stay indoors
Zoraida’s mother Lydia from Puerto Rico previously told DailyMail.com that they were ‘so happy’ and had only just bought their $250,000 Romeoville home five months ago
A fundraiser created to cover funeral expenses and to raise awareness for their case was created on Monday, describing their children as ‘the sweetest most innocent angels’
Children Adriel and Diego attended R.C. Hill Elementary School, a message posted by the district’s superintendent Rachel Kinder revealed.
She described their killings as a ‘senseless act of gun violence’.
‘This violent incident and loss are sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school community.’
The school is providing mental health and counseling to families at the school.
Romeoville Mayor John D. Noak said on Tuesday: ‘Our entire community is grieving with the family over this tragic incident.
‘I have directed our social services staff to make themselves available to our community to help begin the healing process.’
Zoraida’s mother Lydia from Puerto Rico told DailyMail.com they were ‘so happy’ and had only bought their $250,000 Romeoville home five months ago.
She last spoke with her daughter shortly before her death on the weekend as the family settled down to watch a movie, and she could not understand why they had been targeted.
Crime scene technicians removed several brown and pink bags along with part of a window from the three-bedroom home as the investigation got underway on Sunday.