STONE PARK, III - Stone Park police say 31-year-old Miriam Cruz and her son, 4-year-old Corbin Barraza, were found dead inside their home Thursday night in the 1700 block of north Manheim.
"She was a good person. She was a hardworking mom," said neighbor Anthony Gomez.
Police are calling it an isolated incident of domestic violence. A neighbor says the boy was on the bed with bruising around his neck, his mother dead in the bathroom.
"He was screaming for a phone. Someone to call police,” said neighbor Anthony Gomez.
According to Cruz's landlord, she had moved in with her child in August, and no one else was on the lease.
"The little boy was friendly. He used to knock on my door and try to give me candy,” said neighbor Anthony Gomez. "You’d see him in the back playing on the swing. Good little kid."
Neighbors say Cruz was a single mom who worked down the street from where she lived.
Even strangers came by Friday afternoon to pay their respects after seeing the news on Facebook. Neighbors say they believe she was trying to distance herself from an ex-boyfriend.
The family says they know who did this, but police have yet to release any information about the case. The family says the suspect was seen driving away in a grey 2010 Dodge Charger.