Causes of Death Released For 2 Girls, Mother Found in Joliet Home

Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a woman and her two 6-year-old daughters who were found dead Monday afternoon inside a southwest suburban Joliet home.

Autopsies were performed Tuesday on twins Addison and Makayla Henning, 5, and their mother, 41-year-old Celisa Henning.

Celisa Henning, 41, Makalya, 6, and Addison, 6, were pronounced dead around 6:30 p.m. on Monday at a home in the 400 block of North Reed of Joliet, Ill.

Little information on a motive or cause of death has been released at this point.

The Will County coroner will be handling autopsies, as police question who they need to in this death investigation.

Police said that Henning was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, with her daughters suffering from the the same fatal injuries.

Neighbor Joan Paul said she spoke regularly with the mother and described her as being devoted to her children. “I don’t know why this happened”.

The twin sisters were just getting ready to start kindergarten at a nearby Catholic school, neighbors said.

He did say they were found inside of a bathroom in the home. She had even recently brought the girls a back-to-school gift, a package of art pencils and paper, saying they were excited for their first year of kindergarten.

Bryant said the family seemed “very normal” and she was “shocked” when she heard the news.

Mayor Bob O’Dekirk stated, “I’d like to extend my condolences to the family and friends”.

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