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Man charged with fatally taking pictures his 2 brothers, setting late mom's Highland Park home on fireplace


HIGHLAND PARK, Unwell. (WLS) — A person needed in the shooting deaths of two brothers in Highland Park is now in custody, the Lake County Main Crime Process Pressure stated on Friday.

Jeffrey Austwick allegedly shot his two brothers to dying earlier than setting their mom’s dwelling on fireplace. He was taken into custody in St. Louis, police stated.

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The our bodies have been found as firefighter responded to the home fireplace within the 1700-block of Park Avenue West on Wednesday.

First responders discovered brothers, 63-year-old Marc Austwick of Lake Forest and 60-year-old John Austwick of Mundelein, exterior the burning dwelling. Each males died of a number of gunshot wounds, post-mortem outcomes from the Lake County Coroner’s Officer indicated.

Firefighters extinguished the hearth, and no different victims have been discovered inside or exterior of the house.

The three brothers have been assembly to debate the property of their aged mom who handed away earlier this week, police stated.

Investigators stated after Marc and John Austwick arrived on the property, Jeffery shot each of them and set the house on fireplace. He then fled the realm in his car

Jeffery was arrested at a park in St. Louis, Missouri by native authorities round 5:30 a.m. Friday after Lake County Illinois authorities obtained a nationwide arrest warrant.

Phyllis Austwick, the brothers’ mom, lived within the Highland Park dwelling and died Might 31 at Evanston Hospital from a medical challenge, the coroner’s workplace stated.

Authorities haven’t supplied a precise motive for the taking pictures, however phrase of an arrest comes as reduction to residents close to the crime scene.

On the now-boarded up dwelling on Park Avenue West a statue of the Virgin Mary was framed by police tape, belie the horror of what occurred there.

“There’s decision for the neighbors, and there is decision for the neighborhood, however I believe for the household it is a tragedy,” neighbor Lisa Spathis stated. “There’s been an odd aura about this dwelling and what goes on right here, however like… we might by no means have anticipated this.”

Neighbors stated Jeffrey lived together with his mom, and although there have been few indicators of bother, there have been some unusual encounters. Julie Moss says for the previous yr, Jeffrey on at the least a weekly foundation known as police to complain about her canine Milo barking within the adjoining yard.

“Very unusual,” Moss stated. “I am so completely satisfied that there is an finish to this story. It is craziness.”

The Lake County Main Crime Process Pressure stated the taking pictures was an remoted incident, and there’s no menace to the neighborhood.

Jeffery stays in custody in Missouri till an preliminary courtroom listening to, police stated.

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