A father speaks out after his son and daughter were killed in domestic trouble in the Oak Forest – NBC Chicago

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A father speaks out after his son and daughter were killed in domestic trouble in the Oak Forest - NBC Chicago
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A heartbroken father is speaking out about the loss of his son and daughter, who were among those killed in a domestic incident on Friday morning in Oak Forest.

Jorge Rodriguez’s son Emilio, 20, and daughter Briana, 22, were shot and killed in a sprawling incident on Saturday that sparked a massive police presence and terrified the southern suburbs community. The deaths of Emilio, Briana, as well as their mother, Lupe Gomez, were all adjudicated homicides, authorities say.

The police have not officially named the person responsible for the rampage. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, however, said Saturday it ruled the death of one of the individuals, Carlos Gomez, 44, a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On Saturday, a day after losing his children, Jorge Rodriguez looked back on the memories and time he shared with his children, saying his heart is forever broken.

“No father should ever bury his children,” he said. “They tell me I have to be strong, yes, but I can’t.”

Jorge Rodriguez said his daughter, Briana, had a big smile, while Emilio protected his older sister. Both intended to return to school.

“She wanted to go to college and she wanted to learn sign language,” added Dawn Guerrero, wife of Jorge Rodriguez. “Emilio was always a funny guy, he had a heart.”

At least four people have died following a shooting, barricade situation and house fire reported Friday in Oak Forest, officials said. NBC 5’s Lexi Sutter shares more insight into the incident.

Jorge Rodriguez and his fiancé say they fought for years for custody of the children, but lost their battle in court.

“So many reports on the house, no one caught it, and now it’s too late,” Guerrero said.

Jorge Rodriguez said he just wanted his kids back, and now he has to live with that regret for the rest of his life.

“They will always be in my heart,” he said.

“We want to bury our children peacefully so that they have peace now, and no longer be in chaos and pain,” added his wife, Guerrero.

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