2 Joliet West Students Among 7 Family Slain By Romeo Nance

Joliet police said the investigation into this case remains a priority despite the events in Texas involving Romeo Nance death.

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JOLIET, IL — Romeo Nance, the Joliet 23-year-old suspected of killing eight people, had the following family relationships with seven of his victims found at two houses in the 2200 block of West Acres Road, Joliet police said.

  • Tameka Nance, 47 years old, mother
  • Christine Esters, 38 years old, aunt
  • William Esters II, 35 years old, uncle
  • Joshua Nance, 31 years old, brother
  • Alexandria Nance, 20 years old, sister, 2022 Joliet West alumni
  • 16-year-old female, Alonnah Nance, sister, junior at Joliet West
  • 14-year-old female, Angel Nance, sister

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Romeo Nance died Monday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot after police say he fled to Natalia, Texas.

“It is important to remember that despite the events that occurred in Texas, investigation into this case remains a priority for Joliet Police Department Detectives and remains active and ongoing,” Joliet police noted.

School officials with Joliet Township High School posted the following announcement on social media: “We are so sad to have to share that Alonnah Nance was identified as one of the victims and that she was a junior at Joliet West. Alonnah’s sister, Alexandria Nance, was also one of the victims. Alexandria was a West alum from the Class of 2022. Their 14-year-old sister, Angel Nance, did not attend JTHS; however we have learned of her connections to many of our current students and staff.

“Our hearts are breaking for Alonnah, Alexandria, Angel, their family, friends, and for our students and staff who knew and loved them. Our community is hurting as we all work to process such an evil act. There is so much healing that needs to take place. Please know that we are here for our students, families, and staff during this unimaginable time.”

On Monday, police launched a manhunt for Nance, who was also wanted in connection with the “random” fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man outside a Joliet Township apartment complex on Sunday, and in a shooting in the 200 block of Davis Street that wounded another man.

Nance’s family members were found in the two homes on West Acres after the Will County Sheriff’s Office conducted surveillance during their investigation into the Joliet Township slaying.

Police on Tuesday said that a 3-year-old boy who was unaccounted for after the family slayings was later found in another community with a relative.

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