Questions still unanswered in Robbins triple homicide
BY CASEY TONER email@example.com February 4, 2014 3:54PM
A makeshift memorial of teddy bears, flowers, balloons and more sits Tuesday outside the Robbins home where a man killed his wife and two stepchildren Sunday night. | Casey Toner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 6, 2014 6:47AM
Authorities and Robbins residents on Tuesday still were searching for answers on why a seemingly normal, law-abiding husband and father suddenly would kill his wife and two children at their home.
And the question of how Michael Worsham died after shooting the three to death remained unanswered as well.
Worsham, 43, was found lying on his bed after police forced their way into the house in the 13600 block of Pulaski Road late Sunday night. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Authorities on Monday suspected that Worsham had a heart attack, but an autopsy Tuesday was inconclusive, pending toxicology results, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Worsham killed his wife, Michelle Ollie; their son, Steven Roe, 17; and their daughter, Trisdion Worsham, 15, but two other children escaped, authorities said.
“It remains a tragic mystery,” said Cara Smith, a top aide to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, whose department is in charge of the investigation. “At this point, everyone involved would like to find some explanation or some reason why this tragedy occurred.”
Crosses, candles, balloons, teddy bears, flower bouquets, pictures of the children and other mementos have been left near the corner of the small house. On Tuesday, the house had two cars in the driveway but was boarded up and surrounded by yellow police tape.
A 14-year-old boy survived the rampage and rescued his 5-year-old nephew after heroically trying to wrestle a revolver from Worsham, his stepfather.
The teen awoke Sunday night to a loud pop and found his brother Steven on the kitchen floor with a fatal gunshot wound to his head. Worsham was standing over the body, according to police.
They said the boy ran upstairs to his mother’s room, where she was asleep in bed with his 5-year-old nephew. Worsham dragged Ollie from the bed and shot her, and the teen struggled with Worsham for the gun, police said.
Worsham told the boy to stop fighting with him and he would let him and the 5-year-old leave the house, but as the two boys fled, Trisdion joined them and Worsham shot her in the back on the front stoop, police said.
Seconds later, he shot her again at close range, fired at least one shot at neighbors who had arrived outside the house and then dragged his daughter’s body back inside the house, according to police.
Police said the family had no record of domestic violence. Worsham worked as a security guard at Thornton High School in Harvey.
A relative of Worsham who lived across the street from the couple said they stopped by as usual Sunday morning and seemed in good spirits.
“I don’t think anyone has answers, not that young boy (14-year-old) and not anyone else at this point,” Smith said.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media