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A Suburban Chicago Woman Died. Days Later, Her Two Sons Were Killed and Another Accused of Double Homicide.

Chicago Brothers Murdered, House Torched Days After Mother's Death
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Man accused of fatally shooting his 2 brothers and setting house on fire.

Jun. 10 2024, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

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Two men in their 60s were found shot to death outside a home in suburban Chicago that had been set on fire just days after their mother had died, according to authorities.

Around 3:50 a.m. on June 5, the Highland Park fire and police departments responded to a call about a fire on a roof of a home in Highland Park, according to city officials.

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While searching the residence, first responders located the two deceased men.

The victims were identified as brothers Marc Austwick, 63, and 60-year-old John Austwick. The coroner said the pair had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

According to police, the brothers' mother, 84-year-old Phyllis Austwick, died on May 31, and there was a memorial scheduled for her on June 8, three days after the blaze occurred, WGN-TV reported.

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Investigators determined 54-year-old Jeffrey S. Austwick killed his two brothers during a discussion about the home owned by their mother.

Police said Jeffrey Austwick shot his brothers and then started the house on fire. He then fled to Missouri, where he was arrested by local authorities at a park around 5:30 a.m. on June 7, according to law enforcement officials.

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Jeffrey Austwick was charged with two counts of murder, police said.

George Spathis, who lives behind the burned house, told WGN, “I feel badly for the people who knew this family who now have to go about just dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy."


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