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Father grew volatile, erratic leading up to Illinois family's deaths: 'So many red flags'

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CHICAGO — The five people found dead in a Buffalo Grove home Wednesday were likely killed in a murder-suicide carried out by Andrei Kisliak, police said Monday, as court records showed Kisliak growing more volatile and erratic in the weeks leading up to his family’s deaths.

The preliminary investigation indicates Andrei Kisliak, 39, killed his two daughters, 6-year-old Vivian Kisliak and 4-year-old Amilia Kisliak; his wife, Vera Kisliak, 36; and Lilia Kisliak, 67, Buffalo Grove police Chief Brian Budds said in a Monday news release. The Lake County coroner’s autopsies of the five deceased, carried out Thursday, showed the cause of death for all the family members to be from “sharp force injuries.”

“It appears Andrei then inflicted wounds on himself and succumbed to those wounds,” Budds said in the news release.

Lilia Kisliak’s relationship to Andrei Kisliak hasn’t been confirmed by officials. An animal was also found dead at the home, Budds said Thursday.

Buffalo Grove police discovered the five dead Kisliak family members Wednesday at 11:12 a.m. after being called to the family’s home to conduct a well-being check. When no one answered, officers forced their way into the home and found the bodies inside, village officials said.

“On Wednesday our community was shaken to the core by the horrific news. Our dear friend and caring neighbor Vera and her two precious little girls Vivian (Vivi) and Amilia (Amilusha) were brutally murdered inside their home,” wrote Natasha Kuzmenko, an organizer of the GoFundMe to help pay for the family’s funeral expenses. “Vera was a devoted and a loving mom to a fun loving, energetic, always smiling ... Vivi and delicate, kind, sweet ... Amilusha. She did her best to keep them safe and happy but their lives were cut too short in the most gruesome way.”


According to Kuzmenko, the fundraiser will be used to help bury the family overseas, where Vera Kisliak’s family lives.

“As you can imagine, they were not at all prepared for the financial burden that comes along with a proper funeral service, burial and the transportation costs as they would like to lay them to rest in their hometown,” Kuzmenko wrote. “All the donations will be going to offset these costs.”

Police declined to publicly label the tragedy a murder-suicide in the days following the bodies’ discovery. But court records show before Andrei Kisliak allegedly carried out the slayings the Kisliak family faced a foreclosure and a contentious, ongoing divorce, reported by the Tribune Thursday.

Further examination of court records show Andrei Kisliak’s behavior growing more volatile in recent months leading up to the killings.


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