Neighbors, friends recall family strife that preceded Buffalo Grove killings


Neighbors laid flowers outside their home in suburban Buffalo Grove Thursday night, just one day after five members of the same family were found dead after a medical examination.

“I know they will be very lonely,” said family friend Lilya Zhorayeva.

Authorities have identified the victims as Lilia Kisliak, 67, Andrei Kisliak, 39, his wife Vera Kisliak, 36, and their two daughters Vivian, 6, and Amilia, 4. The Lake County coroner said they all died from sharp force injuries.

“I spent all day wondering how I could do this to my family, my children, innocent people,” she said.

Neighbors said NBC 5 cops were once called to a family home. Court records show the couple were going through divorce and foreclosure proceedings, and Vera Kisriak filed a protection order against her husband, a tragic outcome police called a domestic affair.

“Today is a sad day for our community as we continue to process this unimaginable event,” said Buffalo Grove Police Chief Brian Budd.

The neighbor is upset and trying to understand why. NBC 5 learned that one of her victims, 6-year-old Vivian, attended Ivy Hall Elementary School. Her administrator sent an email to district parents explaining that she and her sister are happy and healthy children.

“The older ones were full of energy, full of energy and brought toys, cosmetics and nail polishes to the park. They sat and gave each other spa days,” said Jolayeva. . “This child is shy, she is always next to her mom and she is very sweet and quiet.”

Dzhorayeva told NBC 5 that she met the girls and their mother when the family moved into the neighborhood three years ago and said she would never forget her friend.

“It’s been very hard for her. The last few months have been very difficult for her. She has tried her best to survive,” she said.

Investigators confirmed that an animal believed to be the family’s dog was also found dead. It did not disclose how many times the was called.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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