Chicago family found dead in home faced financial pressures

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The Chicago family found dead in their Gage Park home on Thursday faced financial pressures, including the recent foreclosure of their home.

FOX 32’s Larry Yellen spoke with the attorney who helped the Martinez family navigate those problems.

“I was shocked, because they were always very responsible,” said former family attorney Gina Diaz.

Over the last three years, Diaz represented the Martinez family in foreclosure proceedings on two Southside homes. She says she never got the impression that there were any simmering disputes among family members.

“I know there's a couple times we called his wife would answer, or daughter, and it was never like, you can't give information to this person, because we always ask,” Diaz said.

Last October, without explanation, the family notified Diaz her legal services were no longer needed. The  foreclosure on the home where the family was killed was just finalized in mid-December, with the family still owing almost $300,000 on that home.

Diaz doesn't think money problems took a toll on the family. Most of her dealings were with Noe Martinez Senior.

“As a client, he seemed like an average hardworking man, nothing, well dressed, didn't look like was having family issues or anything,” Diaz said.

The Martinez family was also sued by the city. Inspectors claimed they converted the basement and attic into apartments.

According to court records, most of those violations have been remedied.

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