ROBBINS, IL (WLS/CNN) - A man shot and killed three members of his family, then took his own life Sunday.
Police have not determined a motive for the killing.
"I can tell you this, I know he loved his children, he was a good family man and again, something snapped," Toni Gardner, the shooter's cousin, said.
As it stands, Robbins police say that it was just after 10:30 p.m. when 43-year-old Michael Worsham walked into his home and proceeded to shoot and kill his 17-year-old son Steven Roe, his wife 42-year-old Michelle Ollie, and finally his 15-year-old daughter Trisha, who was shot on the front porch as she tried to escape with her 5-year-old nephew and 14-year-old brother, the only ones who got out alive.
"[The brother] alerted his sister, ‘Let's get out of the house,'" Chief Mitchell Davis said. "As they were all running out of the house, she was the last one out of the three, shot her as she was trying to flee the home."
Worsham was later found dead in the home but without any apparent wounds. A security guard at Thornton Township High School, police say Worsham had no prior history with the department. His wife worked as a childcare worker at a Department of Children and Family Services-contracted shelter just across the street.
"We are like family. This is our extended family so it's very hard for the staff and for the girls," Denice Gathings, the victim's boss, said.
Meanwhile, at Shepard High School in Palos Heights, where both the teenagers attended, grief counselors were on hand for those in need.
"They were great kids, caring kids, and it's a reflection about how the students reacted," Principal Dr. Josh Barron said. "They are very saddened by their loss."
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