Watseka couple dies in murder-suicide
A Watseka couple is dead after what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Neighbors are in disbelief after 74-year-old Jose Damia and 68-year-old Victoria Damia were found dead in their mobile home senior community.
"Very, very nice, good neighbors,” neighbor Mary DeMik said. “We'd get out here in the street and visit. The cars would have to slow down to get by us."
Watseka Police say Jose called emergency responders complaining of chest pains around 4 a.m. Sunday. When police arrived, they found a much different scene.
"There were notes that were left, kind of outlining the case to our department, along with other survivors,” Watseka Police Lieutenant Detective Josh King said. “It's our speculation that the female was shot and then once the male contacted IMH that he shot himself."
The couple's cat was also found dead.
Neighbors say Jose previously lived in Spain, France, and Canada and moved into the neighborhood about 12 years ago.
"This is completely out of the blue,” Lt. Detective King said. “Jose was a translator for many years at the Iroquois County Court House. It was completely a shock to our department to get that call."
Neighbors say they'll miss the friendship they shared with the couple.
"I thought, O.K., the cop had stopped a car for maybe a tail light out or something,” DeMik said. “And then pretty soon I saw Watseka police come. I cried when they told me what had happened.”
Police say Jose left behind a daughter and Victoria two sons.