The families of two Lansing teens found shot to death in Sauk Village are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
The bodies of Marcus Mireles, 19, and Abel Galindo, 18, were discovered about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in a vacant four-bedroom ranch in the 22600 block of Brookwood Drive.
Sauk Village Police Chief Robert Fox said today he is hopeful the reward will spark some new leads.
"Anything that helps us bring in the suspect or suspects is good," said Fox.
"Not everyone is motivated by civic duty," he said. "Some people are only motivated by monetary gain."
Marcus Mireles suffered a gunshot wound to the head and Galindo suffered multiple gunshot wounds, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office has said. Both deaths were ruled homicides.
Fox, who previously headed Dolton's Police Department, said no one reported hearing shots prior to the discovery of the teens by a prospective homebuyer.
Marcus' mother, Gloria Mireles, said police haven't provided any information to the Mireles and Galindo families in the past "two weeks, maybe three weeks" although they said in the beginning that they had some leads. Mireles said she understands investigators not wanting to share specific details, but the lack of information is frustrating.
"We don't have really any answers or any current update," she said.
Sauk Village Police are investigating the double homicide with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.
Fox declined to discuss details of the investigation. He said he understands the families' need for closure and promised they would be "the first to know when the perpetrator or perpetrators are in custody."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fox at (708) 753-5151.
In the meantime, Gloria Mireles said offering the reward gives the families some sense of involvement in seeking justice.
"I just know if I don't do something, I'll go out of my mind," she said.