Two men in their 40s are dead in Swansea after an apparent murder-suicide.
Swansea police said around 9 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the 3900 block of Whitfield Dr. in reference to a possible murder-suicide.
Police said a mother came home and found both of her adult sons dead. One son had a gun in his hand. Ambulance arrived and confirmed both sons were dead.
Preliminary investigation shows that Thomas Stines, 48, killed his brother, David Stines, 43, and then killed himself. Both lived in the home on Whitfield Dr.
"You hear about it happening in other neighborhoods but you never think its going to happen right behind where you live," neighbor Irene said.
Irene, who didn't want to disclose her last name, and her son Zach said this kind of event is a wake-up call.
"I don't know what pushes people to that but I'm just thankful that the lady is okay," Irene said.
The neighbor said she has only seen the family in passing but has seen the mother frequently taking care of their yard.
"I just only hope that the lady can move past this and find peace and go on with her life without feeling that she has to move away," said Irene.
Swansea police said autopsies are being conducted Sunday as investigation continues.
Court documents uncovered by News 4 show both men have an extensive criminal history in St. Clair County, Illinois.
None of the charges against Thomas Stines are felony charges.
David Stines was paroled from the Illinois Department of Corrections on Feb. 2. David Stines had nine felony charges, according to court records.
If you have any information, please call Swansea Detective Gary Reuter at 618-233-8114.
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