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Four People Shot to Death in Springfield

June 14, 1985

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Four people, three of them related, were found shot to death Thursday in a house on this city’s east side, police said.

The bodies of two men and two women were discovered by a relative, who called police, said Police Chief Stanley Troyer.

″The two women were found under the kitchen table almost on top of each other,″ said Susan Boone, deputy Sangamon County coroner. ″Each one has at least one gunshot wound, some of them more than one, to the body.″

Mrs. Boone identified the victims as Bernard Bowen, 26, of Colp; Lonnie Davis, 27, of Springfield; Jonetta Leake, 33, of Dothan, Ala.; and Helen Annette Singleton, 19, of Decatur. She added that Ms. Singleton had several aliases.

Police spokesman Mike Murphy said Davis was Ms. Leake’s half-brother and that Bowen was their cousin.

Murphy said the shooting took place at the home of Ms. Leake’s ailing father. Police believe the four were staying at the home while visiting the father in the hospital, Murphy said.

Tom Conway, chief of city police investigations, said it ″was not a professional type hit,″ but the killer ″made sure the victims were dead.″

Robbery was not thought to be a motive because a large sum of money was found on one of the men’s bodies, said James Galloway, deputy county coroner.

″There doesn’t appear to be any evidence of any struggle at all,″ Troyer said.

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