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Mass shooter Romeo Nance’s girlfriend charged with obstructing manhunt

The girlfriend of mass shooter Romeo Nance has been charged with helping him evade arrest after fatally shooting eight people in a Chicago suburb, including his mother, four siblings and a stranger.

Kylie Cleveland Singleton, 21, the mother of Nance's 3-year-old son, was being questioned Monday during a massive search after bodies were found in multiple locations in Joliet. The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“After questioning Ms. Cleveland-Singleton, detectives believed that she made statements intended to impede the arrest of a suspect and obstruct the investigation,” police said, according to the newspaper.

Nance, 26, was later found hundreds of miles away in Texas, where he was cornered and shot by police.

Cleveland Singleton was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of obstructing official business. She is being held in the Will County Jail and she is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning. WLS said.

Kylie Cleveland Singleton, 21, was charged Wednesday with one count of obstruction of justice. Will County Jail

Cleveland Singleton's arrest came after authorities also confirmed a relationship between Nance and the deceased, most of whom were relatives found in the two homes.

Among them were the shooter's mother, Tameka Nance, 47, his aunt, Christine Esters, 38, and his uncle, William Esters II, 35.

He also killed his older brother, Joshua Nance, 31, as well as Aleandria Nance, 20, Alona Nance, 16, and the youngest, Angel Nance, who was killed at age 14. He also killed his sister.

He was then seen on surveillance footage dropping off a 42-year-old man who survived being hit in the leg, before killing his final victim, 28-year-old Toyoshi Bakare, who was believed to be an unknown man. .

Romeo Nance allegedly killed eight people, including seven of his relatives, before turning the gun on himself. AP

Police said Bakare, a Nigerian immigrant, had gone out to buy cigarettes at a nearby gas station when he was shot. The man was found bleeding on the ground and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Monday night, Nance shot himself after Texas law enforcement officials pursued him. Authorities are stumped as they try to determine a motive for Nance's shooting.

Investigators believe he stopped at a shopping mall and stole a car's license plate to evade police before he was eventually discovered.

Police in Joliet, Illinois, said the shooting was one of the worst crimes in years. AP

Local authorities are calling the shooting the “worst crime scene” the area has seen in decades.

The longtime criminal also had a rich track record.

Nance allegedly fired shots at a woman in a car in January last year. Later that month, he was also charged with criminal damage to government property for allegedly breaking the glass in her cell door. In February, he remained in jail and was charged with assault.

Most of the victims were found in two adjacent homes in Joliet, police said. AP

He was released in March last year after his sister paid 10% of the required bail amount.

In the wake of the horrific mass shooting, President Biden said he and his wife, Jill Biden, are praying for the eight victims and the shaken community.

“This tragedy underscores why I am committed to taking guns off our streets and keeping them out of the hands of those who would harm themselves or others,” Biden said in a statement. said.

“It is within our power to stop the epidemic of gun violence tearing our communities apart.”

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