Cops: Man Killed 4 In Villa Park, Set Fire, Killed Self In Dolton

UPDATED 01/17/12 9:42 p.m.

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (CBS) — A man facing prison for heroin possession fatally shot his girlfriend, her two sons and niece as they slept in the home they shared in unincorporated Villa Park early Tuesday.

Then, as police sought a search warrant, he drove to his father’s home in Dolton and shot himself to death.

Authorities said that 42-year-old Cedric Anderson left behind a note indicating that he was despondent, but did not admit responsibility for the murder and arson in the note.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports

The fire broke out Tuesday morning in a ranch house on Summit Avenue near Roosevelt Road in unincorporated DuPage County near Villa Park, officials said.

Authorities said they determined that 37-year-old Ursula Nailor, her sons 16-year-old Darnell Holt Jr. and 13-year-old Daniel Nailor and 19-year-old niece Dominique Robinson had been shot in their beds as they slept before the house was set afire, at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

DuPage County authorities were in the process of obtaining a search warrant when Anderson killed himself. Tom Ahern, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said that Anderson’s father called 911 to inform them of the suicide. Once police arrived at the home in Dolton, they found a .357 magnum revolver believed to have been used in the Villa Park shootings.

Authorities said that Anderson had been found guilty of heroin possession Dec. 29 in Maywood Court, but was free on bond pending sentencing by Judge Thomas Tucker in March. He faced up to three years in prison when sentenced.

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Ursula Nailor, 37 (left) and her sons Daniel Nailor, 13 (center), and Darnell Holt Jr., 16, (right), were killed in a fire in unincorporated DuPage County near Villa Park on Jan. 17, 2012. A fourth victim, Dominique Robinson, 19, is not pictured. (Credit: Facebook photos)

Neighbors in Villa Park told CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker the family lived in the neighborhood for about three years, and appeared to be a good family.

“A nice family – they were nice; they were friendly, cordial,” said neighbor Ann Bendara. “We weren’t that familiar. We had coffee and stuff. There were two sons and a mother, and that’s all I know about them, really. But they were very nice people.”

One woman said her son was inside the house, and was in tears as she walked away with an investigator. Three others were also sobbing as they walked away.

Almost 100 of Darnell’s friends and classmates from Willowbrook High School came to a vigil outside his charred home Tuesday night to remember him.

“I loved him,” Darnell’s friend Arthur Barhajas told CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov. “He was competitive. He was like a brother to me.”

They were also trying to understand why someone would kill Darnell and his family.

“I’ve never lost a friend this close,” another friend said.

One of Darnell’s friends said Anderson didn’t seem to be a threat to anyone.

“He gave us rides places and I just never saw him as a man who would do that,” Kiefer Provost said.

Police were guarding the house overnight. They expected to return Wednesday morning to finish collecting any evidence they might need.

  • B

    Hey guys, typo time. I think you meant to say “but” Dupage County Sheriff’s Police – not “buy”

  • hmmm

    something is not right?

  • Margie Threadgill

    My prayers go out to the Nailor / Holt families. I was Darnell’s third grade teacher at Lewis Elementary School in Chicago. I remember him as being a very nice and bright boy. Ms. Nailor was a nice and helpful parent. Again, my prayers are with the families.

  • Pam W.

    Coward. Couldn’t he have just killed himself? Why take other innocent people with him? I had to pull over for a squad this a.m. @ 7:20a. I was driving on Summit as I live less than a mile from the scene. Little did I know what horrific crime had taken place. My heart goes out to the victims & their families. RIP.

  • Reasonable Doubt

    He has has met his match already. His soul will never rest! POS!

  • Dr Artour Rakhimov

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    • Afro

      @Dr fruitloop

      You are a dam nut job this guy was no different than any other murderer, brain washed my ass, if anything his brain needed washed, he needed the heroin washed out of it. If the system would lock these idiots up after they been sentenced it wouldn’t have happened

  • Afro

    Whatch Lyndia and NWApe come to defend this family killer. They say only whitey does this.


  • Bill

    With a gun the size of a .357, neighbors outside must have heard it. Also, since the authorities were claiming they were all asleep when they were shotl, certainly the first shot shoudl have awaken three hours. Certainly, what did the shooter do in that acase? Chase them down to be shot? Imagine the horrow there as someone man you’ve trusted all this time is chasing after you with a gun and to die in such terror. I

    • Bill

      I ahead also heard that this lady was going to relocate to Alabama where he mother was. I guess it is just to get away from the loser boyfriend. We learn that he’s about to be arrested for heroin possession. Instead of doing time, he wishes to dispatch his loved ones into eternity, and then killed himself at his parents. Was there a messsage involved there?Why was BATF involved? It seems to me that this should have fallen with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.

  • tenno

    Who Care’s…

  • Josman jones

    You jsut have to wonder what drives a person to such insanity?

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  • Javier

    Man, This makes me sad some of my friends knew the family the oldest son was
    17 or 18 Rip

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