Brother Charged with Murder in Highland Park House Fire Killings

Highland Park, Illinois – The younger brother of two men found shot to death at the scene of a house fire in Highland Park has been arrested and charged with their murders. Jeffrey Austwick, 54, was apprehended in a park in St. Louis, with authorities stating that he fled the area in his vehicle following the killings of his brothers, Marc Austwick, 63, and John Austwick, 60.

The tragic incident took place around 3:50 a.m. on Wednesday at the location of a house fire on Park Avenue West. A preliminary investigation revealed that Jeffrey Austwick, whose listed address was at the home, owned by the recently deceased mother of the three men, shot both his brothers before setting the house on fire and fleeing the scene.

It is believed that the victims had arrived at the home to discuss the property with Jeffrey, though the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting remain unclear. Authorities have not disclosed whether there was a verbal or physical altercation prior to the killings.

Jeffrey Austwick is currently in custody in Missouri, awaiting his initial court appearance. The Lake County Coroner’s office confirmed that both victims died from multiple gunshot wounds. The fire at the scene was extinguished by responding firefighters, with no other individuals found injured or deceased on the premises.

The investigation into the murders and the house fire in Highland Park is ongoing, with authorities working to piece together the events leading up to the tragic incident. Further details about the motive behind the killings have not been released to the public at this time. Family and community members are left in shock and mourning as they come to terms with the loss of Marc and John Austwick.