Man allegedly killed wife, daughter and dog in Illinois home

Anthony Marcus charged with first-degree murder after police find the bodies of his wife, daughter and dog in his Waukegan, Ill., home.
By Frances Burns   |   June 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM   |   Comments

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WAUKEGAN, Ill., June 9 (UPI) -- A Waukegan, Ill., man who allegedly called 911 to say he was planning suicide after killing his wife and daughter has been charged with first-degree murder.

Anthony Marcus, 53, was arrested Sunday. Police said they found a dog dead in the home along with the bodies of a 50-year-old woman and 17-year-old girl.

Cmdr. Joe Florip, of the Waukegan police department, said officers who came to the house Sunday evening found what appeared to be a suicide note. Marcus was wounded but able to walk, Florip said.

"This isn't a whodunnit," Florip told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We're not looking for an offender. We're classifying this as a domestically related."

Kayla Walker, a neighbor, said the family had lived in their home in Waukegan, a city 40 miles north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, for about eight years. She described them as friendly.

"This is just shocking," she said. "Their daughter was in a wheelchair. That's why it's so shocking."

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