• Police identify victims in Illinois killings

    by  • April 25, 2013 • News

    Authorities say the five people found shot to death inside a home in a tiny central Illinois community were two young brothers, their parents and their great-grandmother. Rick O Smith

    Illinois State Police identified the victims Thursday as 1-year-old Brantley Ralston and 5-year-old Nolan Ralston.

    Their slain parents are 29-year-old James Roy Ralston and 23-year-old Brittney Luark, who was also pregnant.

    The fifth victim is Luark’s grandmother and great grandmother of the boys, 67-year-old Jo Ann Sinclair.

    The bodies were discovered Wednesday inside a home in Manchester, located about 50 miles west of Springfield.

    A short time later the suspect in the shootings was killed in a gun battle with police.