ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Grief, Sadness Surrounds Killing of Illinois Mexican Family

Grief, Sadness Surrounds Killing of Illinois Mexican Family

In Illinois and Mexico, friends and relatives of a beloved U.S.-Mexican family are grieving their violent deaths as authorities look for leads on who might have killed them.

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Six family members, including two children, were found inside a home in Gage Park, Chicago, on February 4. The deceased have been identified as Rosaura Hernández, 58, and Noe Martínez, 62, their son Noe Martínez Jr., 38 and daughter María Herminia Martínez, 32, and her two sons Leonardo Cruz, 13, and Alexis Cruz, who was 10.

According to the autopsy, the victims died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries, except for one who died of gunshot wounds. The deaths have been declared homicides.

Read more on NBC News.

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