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By Mike Heine /The Week
(Published June 10, 2007, 8:54 p.m.)
Infant twin boys were among the six people were shot and killed Saturday night following an apparent murder-suicide at 309 S. Second St. in Delavan.
Officers from the Delavan Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations and the Walworth County Sheriff's Department were at the home throughout Sunday following reports of shots being fired at 10:36 p.m. Saturday.
"I heard a real fast series of bangs real quick and I thought it was fireworks, but now that I know what happened, it very well could have been (gunshots)," said Christopher Coy, who was walking on a sidewalk about a half-block north of the house Saturday night.
Those confirmed dead by family and friends are:
• Vanessa Iverson, 19, of rural Delavan
• Ashley Huerta, early 20s, who lived in the home
• Nicole Mcaffee, early 20s, who also lived in the home
• Ambrosio Analco, 22, of Delavan
• Mcaffee and Analco's twin boys, who were about 7 months old. Their names could not be obtained before press time.
•The 2-year-old found in the minivan is Jasmine Analco. She was reportedly in serious condition at University Hospital in Madison, the Delavan police chief said Sunday.
The Walworth County Coroner's office was not releasing names to the press on Sunday.
What happened inside the home is unclear and police are releasing few details.
"We are advising the community that the community is safe," Police Chief Tim O'Neill said.
A source with knowledge of the situation believed the case will likely turn out to be a murder-suicide, but said the case is still under investigation.
A friend who knew the people that lived there said Gaspar Huerta, Ashley's husband, told him he had jumped off a second-story balcony when he heard shots being fired. He allegedly ran to a neighbor's to have them dial 911 and then ran to the police station.
"He was nervous telling me, but he locked himself inside somewhere, jumped off the balcony and ran," said the friend, who asked not to be identified for concerns for his safety. "That's how he made it out alive."
State agents and local police were canvassing the neighborhood Sunday trying to determine more clues.
"We want to make sure there is no stone unturned because we want to make sure this is done properly," O'Neill said.
He declined to answer further questions at a Sunday afternoon press conference, saying the Division of Criminal Investigations is now handled the case.
"The press release speaks for itself," said Kevin St. James, Department of Justice spokesman. He declined to issue further comment.
The release, issued Sunday afternoon, says the Walworth County SWAT Team entered the home following the 911-call and found six shooting victims. Emergency Medical Technicians and the coroner's office confirmed the deaths Saturday night.
Police did not remove the bodies from the scene until late Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.
Vanessa Iverson was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time, her family member's said.
They knew she was there visiting her friends from high school.
Police have been slow to release details to them, said Kay Macara, her mother.
"My child," she said through tears. "I want answers."
Marco Pastrana, Analco's cousin, said he and Analco were together with Analco's kids during the day Saturday.
He seemed fine when he left in the early evening take Jasmine and the twin boys back to their mother's house.
"I don't think my cousin would do this," Pastrana said. "He loved his kids and wouldn't do anything to hurt them."
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