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Harvard couple's deaths investigated as murder-suicide

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HARVARD – Miguel Andrade was accused of threatening to kill the mother of his infant child about six months ago, according to McHenry County Court records.

On Thursday morning, Andrade and Jackie Flores were found dead near Flores’ home in an apparent murder-suicide.

Using a key, Andrade entered Flores's home around 1 a.m. where Flores, the couple's 9-month-old baby and Flores's mother were sleeping, according to McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Combs. Andrade demanded to see the baby and began pointing a gun at the child and at Flores.

Flores's mother took the baby and fled the home.

Andrade shot Flores once in her home. The bullet hit her wrist and head but did not penetrate her skull, Combs said.

Flores then fled the home and was chased by Andrade through the neighborhood. Several neighbors said they heard screaming and said Flores was banging on neighbors' doors. She was eventually chased into a neighbor's yard and shot fatally in the head, Combs said.

Andrade then shot himself in the head as police arrived to the scene. A .22-caliber revolver was recovered near him.

Combs said he believes the child is currently living with Flores's mother.

Andrade, 19, was taken to Mercy Harvard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Flores, a 17-year-old senior at Harvard High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Andrade had threatened to kill Flores more than six months ago, according to court records. He was arrested Jan. 13 and charged with misdemeanor counts of endangering the life of a child, assault, harassment through electronic communication and battery.

Andrade reportedly chased Flores outside while threatening to kill her and also threatened to kill another woman through text message, court records show. He also pulled the hair of the woman, and took his infant daughter outside with only a blanket around the waist while chasing Flores and threatening her.

The mother of the child was Flores, court records show.

Andrade failed to appear in court, and the judge ultimately forfeited his bond on June 19, according to court records. There has been an active warrant for Andrade’s failure to appear on those charges since May 8.

"[Domestic violence] is a huge problem," said Jane Farmer, executive director of Turning Point, McHenry County's only domestic violence agency. "It's not just in our county. It's a huge problem everywhere. And it's not talked about enough."

Turning Point provides shelter, food, clothing, childcare, job assistance school supplies and other assistance to women and their children who are in abusive relationships. Farmer said women need to be aware of the signs of domestic violence and not be afraid to report it.

"If he's crowding her, restricting where she can go, calling her 15 times on the phone when she's only been gone an hour. All of those are big signs," Farmer said.

"Some women say, 'He hit me last night, and he's nice to me the next day. It's not a problem. I don't want to tell people about it because he might not hit me again.' It's an ongoing issue we have to keep speaking out about," she said.

Partner Abuse Intervention Programs are also available for the abusers in a domestic violence situation. The majority of men in the programs are court-ordered to attend, but Farmer said roughly 40 percent enroll voluntarily.

Farmer said those in an abusive relationship should call Turning Point at 815-338-8081 or visit their website at www.mchenrycountyturningpoint.org.

Claudia Robles lives in the Harvard neighborhood and was friends with Flores at Harvard High School. Robles remembered her as easy to get along with and the type of person who would never judge anyone.

“It’s so heartbreaking,” Robles said, choking back tears.

This has been an especially difficult month for Robles, who also lost her 12-year-old cousin, Christian Robles, in a drowning accident July 8. His canoe tipped over in a retention pond just one block from Thursday’s incident.

“Three deaths in one month,” Robles said. “We don’t need this right now.”

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office is investigating this incident as a presumed murder-suicide.

The McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team assisted with the investigation.

• Staff writer Chelsea McDougall contributed to this story.

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