Police believe 2 Ill. deaths were murder-suicide

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police say they believe two people found dead in an East St. Louis home were victims of murder-suicide.

Authorities said Saturday that they believe 28-year-old Bennie Thomas on Friday shot his wife, 24-year-old Antoinette Blanton, and then killed himself. Their two children, a 1-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, were home. The Belleville News-Democrats (http://bit.ly/NttaAg) reports the children were found bloodied, but not injured.

Both adults suffered single gunshot wounds to their chests. A pistol was found near the bodies.

Illinois State Police say the case is under investigation.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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