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6 are killed in 'fit of rage'

BY PJ HELLER | SACRAMENTO, Calif. | August 21, 2001

Six people, including three young children, were killed Monday by a 27-year-old man they said was related to all the victims.

According to authorities, the suspect, identified as Nikolay Soltys, allegedly stabbed his 27-year-old wife to death, then drove to a nearby home where he killed his elderly aunt and uncle and their two grandchildren.

One of the children, a 10-year-old boy, was found dead on a walkway outside the house, police said. His 9-year-old cousin was found in the street and was taken to the University of California-Davis Medical Center, where she died.

The body of Soltys' three-year-old son, Sergey, was found Tuesday night in a remote area north of the city.

"It's really uncommon and it's alarming that he would be in such a fit of rage," said Sgt. James E. Lewis, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office. "To carry that rage to a second scene, to a second location, really speaks to the amount of danger we're dealing with."

Authorities said Soltys, a Ukranian immigrant, had moved to the Sacramento area about a year ago. Police said he has a past history of domestic violence and mental instability.

Language problems between family members who are Russian and police were slowing the investigation.

"There has been something of a communications gap here," Lewis said.

Soltys' wife was found dead in a North Highlands residence around 10 a.m. after a neighbor called police. Soltys then drove about 15 miles to a house in Rancho Cordova, where police said he killed the elderly couple and the two children.

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