An Illinois man who suspected his girlfriend had contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, shot and killed her and then himself, authorities said.
Both tested negative for the disease.
At about 8 p.m. Thursday, deputies from the Will County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence in Lockport Township, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago, to conduct a welfare check.
All of the doors and windows of the residence were locked from the inside, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies and fire personnel forced entry into the home.
Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, were found dead in separate rooms of the residence with obvious signs of trauma to their heads, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The couple were not