Two Barrington deaths called murder-suicide

  • A neighbor talks to police on the scene on North Avenue in Barrington, where two people were found dead.

    A neighbor talks to police on the scene on North Avenue in Barrington, where two people were found dead. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Updated 9/23/2015 9:37 PM

A Barrington father and daughter are dead in what coroner's officials say was a murder-suicide.

Barrington police and the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team responded about 4 p.m. Tuesday to the home at a house on the 500 block of North Avenue, where a man and woman were found dead.


They were identified Wednesday as Harry Burroughs, 69, and his daughter Kathryn Burroughs, 35, Lake County Coroner Chief Deputy Orlando Portillo said.

An autopsy Wednesday afternoon determined Harry died as a result of asphyxia and was labeled a suicide, he said. Kathryn's death was also due to asphyxia and classified as murder.

A dog walker in the neighborhood said she would often see Burrough's wife working in the garden. The couple had at least two daughters, she said, one who has a disability. She said she used to see the disabled daughter often but not as frequently in the last few years.

Other neighbors have told various media that the couple had a daughter living with them who may have had disabilities; authorities did not confirm that Wednesday or give any details about the family.

Neighbors were startled to see a police command truck, usually reserved for violent crimes, Tuesday night, ABC 7 Chicago reported.

"Nothing ever happens here, and then all of sudden we've got this huge truck here, not just regular police activity, so it's kind of scary," neighbor Ewa Cebula told ABC 7.

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The first sign of trouble came late Tuesday afternoon, neighbors said Tuesday.

"I've seen a lady coming out of her house, looking real sad, hugging a cop. They put her in a car," neighbor Melissa Blach told ABC 7.

Neighbors said they were told there was no danger to the community, ABC 7 reported.

• Daily Herald staff writer Doug T. Graham contributed to this report.

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