Emington, Ill – Residents of a small farming community 80 miles southwest of Chicago are still dealing with the horrifying events that unfolded in their neighborhood Friday, when a woman shot her boyfriend and three children to death before turning the gun on herself.
Shortly after kids had arrived home from school to start their Christmas break, people reported hearing a series of gunshots coming from the home of 30-year-old Sara McMeen.
One of McMeen’s neighbors told the press that after hearing the gunfire she ran out of her home and saw McMeen in her backyard standing over her daughter, 10-month-old Maggie Warren. The baby was wrapped in a blanket and lying on the ground as if she had been dropped. The neighbor, whose backyard butted up against McMeen’s backyard, asked if everything was all right.
“No, everything is not all right,” McMeen reportedly told the neighbor before bending over at the waist and shooting her baby at point-blank range. Horrified, the neighbor ran for help only to find McMeen lying beside her infant when she returned, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Also found dead were McMeen’s live-in boyfriend, 29-year-old Daniel Warren and her two other children, 8-year-old Skyler Lemke and 7-year-old Ian Lemke. The two children had been seen playing in the backyard shortly before the shots rang out.
Neighbors in the small community were not familiar with Sara and Daniel, who they say moved into the area a few months ago.
However, they were familiar with McMeen’s two older children who were often seen riding their bikes and playing with other children in the neighborhood.
One neighbor said they’d heard a man and woman fighting in the couple’s home a few times over the past few months, but said the couple kept “very much to themselves.”
There has been no motive reported on at this time, but Daniel Warren’s mother told RadarOnline that Sara suffered from Bipolar disorder and wasn’t on any medication to treat it.