Bodies found in Villa Park home after standoff

January 7, 2008 2:57:07 PM PST
Police are investigating a double homicide in west suburban Villa Park. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered inside a home Monday morning.

Villa Park police are not saying a whole lot about their investigation into this double homicide, except to say that they do have a suspect in mind, Artur Shehu. Investigators wish to talk to him about the death of his Albanian-born parents whose bodies were found in the house that they all share.

Investigators say Shehu is on the run after police named him as a suspect in the double homicide of two people friends say are his parents.

Relatives can't believe Shehu is responsible for the violence.

"It was a surprise to me. He was a nice boy. He looked to me very nice. I think it was just sickness or he was drunk," said Rexhep Huxha, victims' relative.

Around 6 a.m. Monday morning, SWAT teams descended on the home neighbors say Shehu shared with his 60-some-year-old father and mother. Police locked down the west suburban neighborhood and nearby North Elementary School as a precaution.

"We saw them suiting up and we saw the snipers getting dressed," said Darryl Bass, Villa Park resident. "We was like, 'What's going on? What's going on?' They wouldn't tell you anything. 'It's an ongoing investigation.' "

"The safety piece of it is the first thing we look at. So we knew we needed them away from that scene," said Superintendent William Schewe, Villa Park school district.

As police processed the scene for more clues, Chicago police joined the investigation, finding Shehu's taxicab just west of Lake Shore Drive.

Area residents say they never noticed anything strange and don't know what to think, especially since Shehu remains at large.

"You get scared when something like this happens," said Maria Diaz, victims' neighbor.

It is still unclear if authorities have located another vehicle registered to the suspect that they are looking for, a 2001 Volkswagen.

One neighbor said it appears as though the suspect had been depressed recently, concerned about a lack of money.