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16-year-old charged with father's murder
By Jameel Naqvi and Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/9/2010 11:33 AM | Updated: 2/9/2010 4:56 PM

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his father at their Algonquin house Monday night, police said.

Police arrested the boy, David W. Szalonek of the 1400 block of Westbourne Parkway, shortly after responding to a call about a suspicious incident there around 7:45 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

Officers found the body of a man in his early 50s inside the house; his death was the result of a gunshot wound to the head, according to authorities and court records.

Court records confirmed the deceased man is 51-year-old Brian D. Szalonek.

David Szalonek is being held at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center. He must post $250,000 to be released. His next court date is Feb. 18.

Deputy Chief Ed Urban said it was Algonquin's first violent murder in about 10 years. The village saw a drug-induced homicide about a year ago, Urban said.

While authorities refused to describe what led up to the shooting, McHenry County court documents paint a picture of a troubled family situation for the Szaloneks when they lived in Lake in the Hills in the late 1990s through the mid-2000s.

Records show that in 1997, and again in 2004, David Szalonek's mother sought orders of protection against the boy's father, claiming he had physically abused her and refused to pay for groceries and other family necessities.

In the 1997 petition, she claims that after she exchanged words with her in-laws, her husband threw a heavy box of books at her, striking her in the back, then threatened to do more harm unless she left the family home in the 5500 block of Alexandria Drive.

The order of protection initially was granted, but then dismissed three weeks later. Court documents do not indicate at whose request the order was dropped.

She returned to McHenry County court in February 2004, seeking a second order of protection from her husband. In her petition, she claims that after an argument over money her husband picked up a candle and threw it into her face and then "pounded his fist into my head."

At the heart of the dispute, she claimed, was a loan she took out to pay for basic necessities her husband refused to fund.

She also stated that after the 1997 incident, her husband underwent counseling but "he went right back to hitting and verbally abusing me."

"My children have seen only a few things, but it's enough for me to question my safety when I am with him - I need to be away from this man and I need healing," she stated.

As was the case in 1997, the order of protection was granted at first, but dismissed several weeks later, this time at the wife's request.

Brian Szalonek was never charged in either instance of alleged abuse, and records show that his background in the McHenry County court system was limited to a pair of 2002 traffic citations.

David Szalonek is a freshman at Algonquin's Jacobs High School and has attended schools in Community Unit District 300 since the seventh grade, a district spokeswoman said.

Jacobs Principal Michael Bregy notified parents of the situation Tuesday morning, and counselors were on hand at Jacobs on Tuesday to assist students and staff, district spokeswoman Allison Strupeck said.

Staff Writer Josh Stockinger contributed to this report.