Couple in Apparent Orland Park Murder/Suicide Were Divorcing

Karen Lolis died of assault and cervical injury, and Angelo Lolis died of a gunshot to the chest

By Lindsay Smith
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 1:33 AM CDT
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Couple in Apparent Murder/Suicide Were Divorcing

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An Orland Park couple found dead in their home Tuesday as a result of what police believe was a murder/suicide were in the midst of divorce proceedings.

Karen Lolis, 48, and Angelo Lolis, 55, both of Orland Park, were found Tuesday morning deceased in their home on the 17100 block of HIghwood Drive during a well being check after Angelo Lolis left a suicide note at his parents' Hickory Hills home, according to police.

A Cook County medical examiner found Karen Lolis to be the victim of a homicide and reported that she died from assault and cervical injury. Angelo Lolis, the suspect in the homicide, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, and the medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

"There is sufficient evidence at this time for police to believe that this case will eventually be classified as a murder/suicide once the investigation is complete," Orland Park police said in a statement after the medical examiner's rulings.

Police believe Angelo Lolis confronted Karen between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. before she left for her job as a TSA screener at Midway Airport. After allegedly killing her inside the house, Lolis used a handgun from his parents' home to shoot himself, police say.

The couple were in the midst of a divorce, and Angelo Lolis was living at his parents' house at the time of their death. Police responded to verbal domestic disputes at the Orland Park home twice before on May 3 and May 8.

They have three teenage daughters, ages 19, 17 and 16, who were visiting relatives in Chicago at the time.

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