Police identify victims in Illinois killings

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:37 a.m.CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:41 a.m.CDT
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(Ted Schurter)
Illinois State Police Lt. Col. Todd Kilby addresses the media gathered in Manchester, Ill., after five people were found slain at a house early Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Authorities said the suspect died after a car chase and an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement. (AP Photo/The State Journal-Register, Ted Schurter)

MANCHESTER, Ill. – Authorities say the five people found shot to death inside a home in a tiny central Illinois community were two young brothers, their parents and their great-grandmother.

Illinois State Police identified the victims Thursday as 1-year-old Brantley Ralston and 5-year-old Nolan Ralston.

Their slain parents are 29-year-old James Roy Ralston and 23-year-old Brittney Luark, who was also pregnant.

The fifth victim is Luark's grandmother and great grandmother of the boys, 67-year-old Jo Ann Sinclair.

The bodies were discovered Wednesday inside a home in Manchester, located about 50 miles west of Springfield.

A short time later the suspect in the shootings was killed in a gun battle with police.

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