Olasunkanmi Esho, a Nigerian resident in the United States, has committed suicide after shooting his wife, Bourk Esho, and eight-year-old daughter, Olivia, to death.
The Pharmacist was said to have committed the crime on Sunday in an apartment building on 75th Street, Farmingdale Drive, Illinois, Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Darien Police Department has started investigations into the tragedy. Gerald Piccoli, the police commander, has said the area has been cordoned off and there was no threat to the community.
A friend of Bourk, Lawrence Willis, said she was a student of his at the Chicago State University and a former employee of St. Bernard Hospital and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Willis explained that the 33-year-old worked in the health information management department at the University of Illinois.
A Facebook user, Djeric Lemessi, who claimed to be a family friend of the couple, said they were survived by two children who were not around at the time.
“Nigerian pharmacist in Chicago shot his Cameroonian wife, their eight-year-old daughter and committed suicide. They are survived by their 13-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.
“This happened yesterday (Sunday) morning in Chicago. The eight-year-old died in the arms of the 13-year-old, who heard gunshots and went to call his mom that he had heard gunshots outside, not knowing that their dad had shot their mom.
“He saw his sister in a pool of blood, carried her to seek help only for her to die in his arms; horrible story. The wife’s parents are from Guzang – Mr and Mrs Mudoh. Good friends of mine,” he wrote.
A similar incident had happened in the United States when a Nigerian man, Osa Alohaneke, stabbed his Cameroonian fiancee to death in 2015.