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3 children, 2 adults shot dead at Illinois home

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Authorities investigate the shooting deaths of five people, including three children, in Emington, Ill.

Five people, including three children, were found shot to death Friday afternoon at a home in the small town of Emington, Ill., NBCChicago.com reported.

The bodies of a woman, a girl and a baby were found in the backyard of home. A man and a boy were found nearby. All had been shot, officials said. The names of the victims haven't yet been publicly released.

The Chicago Tribune quoted Debbie Delaney, secretary and treasurer of the town, as saying the girl was in second grade and the boy was in kindergarten. The Tribune said her husband is Emington Mayor Daniel Delaney and her son is a firefighter called to the scene.

"They're all gone, all gone," Delaney told the Tribune.

Livingston County board member Bob Young, who lives in Emington, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago, said the family had moved to the town within the last six months and the two older children attended school in nearby Saunemin. The street where the family lived was closed by police, he said.

"We did have an awful disaster here," said Mayor Delaney, who's been in office for 24 years. "You never would have thought it would happen in our town of 100 people or less. ... Right now it's just very, very, very sad for us here."

Residents described Emington as a once strictly farming town that has gone through changes in the last 20 years as young families moved in. Young said the town has become more of a bedroom community from which people commute north to cities such as Joliet, about 45 miles away.

Delaney said the town is not prosperous and has received help from the state. "It's always really had a hard time. Most of the people are retired or farmers who moved into town," he said.

Young said he did not know the family well.

"We've seen the kids playing at the playground and talk to them," Young said. "We thought everything was fine."

This article contains reporting from NBCChicago.com, The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff.

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