There was a 6th woman who was shot in the neck, who survived. She has now issued a statement describing the murder victims as: "five of the bravest women I have ever met."
As far as I can make out, the women were bound with duct tape and then shot execution style. I'm wondering what they did that was especially brave. I'm guessing it was just that they faced their deaths bravely.
I know the standard advice is to cooperate with robbers. And Illinois doesn't allow its citizens to carry guns, so none of these poor women were in a position to turn the tables and shoot the robber first.
But here's a vital footnote to the standard advice. As soon as you get the idea that the robber's going to kill you, stop cooperating.
As a matter of fact, the story floating around is that the survivor moved her head just when he went to shoot her, and that's why he failed to kill her.
If he's going to end your existence,
You owe him some resistance.