Coroner: Professor, 2 Sons Died in Apparent Murder-Suicide - NBC Chicago

Coroner: Professor, 2 Sons Died in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Sheriff's deputies responded Saturday morning to the home near Rockford after the professor's ex-wife reported she wasn't able to contact him

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    Coroner: Professor, 2 Sons Died in Apparent Murder-Suicide
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    Authorities in northern Illinois say a college professor and his two sons are those who died in an apparent murder-suicide this weekend.

    The Winnebago County coroner says 58-year-old Peter S. Ruckman died of gunshot wounds along with 12-year-old John Ruckman and 14-year-old Christopher Ruckman.

    Sheriff's deputies responded Saturday morning to the home near Rockford after Ruckman's ex-wife reported she wasn't able to contact him. They found the two boys shot in separate bedrooms, while the man was in a third bedroom

    The Rockford Register Star reports Peter Ruckman was a long-time political science professor at Rock Valley College and an instructor at Northern Illinois University. The boys were both students at Rockford Christian schools.


    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 provides people in distress, or those around them, with 24-hour support. The Crisis Text Line allows people to text 741-741 to connect with crisis counselors.

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