Man Charged with Roommates' Deaths

Autopsies showed the two roommates died of gunshot wounds

By Alexandra Clark
|  Sunday, May 27, 2012  |  Updated 11:13 AM CDT
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Man Charged with Roommates' Deaths

Michael Myrieckes was charged with two counts of first degree murder after the bodies of his roommates were found shot to death in a house on the 6500 block of South Kenwood Avenue.

A man has been charged with the deaths of his two roommates who were found shot dead Friday night in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Michael Myrieckes, 52, faces first degree murder charges for the deaths of Avelino Sanchez, 68, and Lori Inman, 49, according to a press release from police News Affairs.
 
"I heard a pop then a lady scream and three more pops," said Jerrold Sims, who lives next door to the house on the 6500 block of South Kenwood Avenue where the bodies of Sanchez and Inman were found.
 
Sims only knew the deceased in passing, but confirmed Myrieckes, Sanchez, and Inman all lived in the house together.
 
"I knew [Myrieckes] a little bit more because he's the brother to the original owner of the home," Sims said.  Myrieckes seemed "out of it" when he came out of the house, according to Sims.
 
Autopsies performed on Saturday determined gunshot wounds caused both deaths and police ruled both homicides.
 
Sanchez died from a gunshot wound to the neck and a shotgun wound to the chest, Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. Inman also died from a shot gun wound to the chest and other gunshot wounds, the medical examiner's office said.
 
Around 9:20 p.m. Friday, police said they received a call from someone who said their friend was going to kill his roommates.
 
Police said the suspect remained on the scene and was armed. He refused to leave the apartment, and a SWAT team and the Police Department’s Hostage Barricade Terrorist Incident Unit were called in, police said.
 
He eventually surrendered to police at 10 p.m. and was taken into custody, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.
 
"He came down walking like a normal person" said Sims who watched the man come out of the house and greet the police like nothing was unusual.
 
"I thought, how can you say all these things when you have guns on you?" Sims said.
 
Area South detectives are investigating.

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