By J. Chess
Heartbreaking Massacre Shakes Joliet, Illinois
In a chilling and horrifying event, seven individuals from a family were brutally murdered in Joliet, Illinois. The alleged perpetrator, Romeo Nance, later committed suicide when cornered by law enforcement. His girlfriend, Kyleigh Cleveland-Singleton, 21, was arrested following the incident on charges of obstructing justice related to the homicide investigation.
The Unfolding of Tragic Events
The gruesome incident came to light on Monday afternoon when seven bodies were discovered in two separate homes in Joliet. The victims were all related, and included Nance’s own mother, Tameka Nance, 47; his aunt, Christine Esters, 38; his uncle, William Esters II, 35; his brother, Joshua Nance, 31; and sisters aged 14, 16, and 20. The shocking revelation set off a manhunt for Nance, who was eventually located in Texas.
The Perpetrator’s Downfall
Upon being confronted by U.S. Marshals near Natalia, Texas, Nance chose to end his life, dying by suicide on Monday night. The chilling tragedy marked a grim day in the history of Joliet, with Joliet police Chief William Evans stating, “This is probably the worst crime scene I’ve ever been associated with.”
Connection to the Crime
As the investigation progressed, Kyleigh Cleveland-Singleton, was identified as Nance’s girlfriend and the mother of his 3-year-old son. It was initially unclear where Cleveland-Singleton and the child were, but they were later found safe at a home in Plainfield. Cleveland-Singleton was taken into custody and, after questioning, was charged with one felony count of obstructing justice on the suspicion of making statements to prevent Nance’s arrest.
The horrific event drew national attention and response. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a statement on the shooting, calling for Congress to take decisive action on gun safety legislation.
Remembering the Victims
Family and coworkers of the victims gathered in Joliet to mourn and remember their loved ones. One of the victims was a dedicated corrections officer at the Joliet Treatment Center for more than five years, living with her sister and her sister’s three children. The grief-stricken community is left to grapple with the aftermath of this heinous crime, as the investigation continues.
This tragic event has left a deep scar in the heart of Joliet, a community now united in grief and shock. As the city mourns, the impact of this horrific crime continues to reverberate, underscoring the urgent need for effective measures to prevent such devastating incidents in the future..