A family of five has been found dead inside their Abington, Massachusetts home and authorities believe it is a result of a murder-suicide. The victims were identified as the Zaccardi Family, 43-year-old Joseph Zaccardi, his wife, 40-year-old Deirdre Zaccardi and their children, daughter Alexis, 11, and twins Nathaniel and Kathryn, 9.
The bodies of the family were found on Monday morning when a relative arrived to pick up the children to bring them to school and found Deirdre bleeding on a couch on the main floor, Boston.com reports. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz stated during a press conference that “It appears to be an incredibly terrible, terrible situation,” before adding that “This appears to be an isolated incident — there is no current threat to public safety.” Cruz confirmed the identities of the Zaccardi family in a press release.
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In a statement, a family representative asked for privacy. “Today our family has suffered an unfathomable loss. As we attempt to make sense of the enormity of this event, we respectfully ask that the media respect our family’s wishes to be left alone as we grieve our tremendous losses in private,” WCVB reports.
Joseph Zaccardi was a struggling book author who listed his place of employment as Unemployed and Going Crazy on his Facebook page. In April of 2017, he announced that his third book was available for sale on Amazon. "Purchasing a copy will obviously help to promote the book, but simply spreading the word about its release would be extremely helpful too! Again, thank you for everybody's support and encouragement with each book I do! Without the support of family and friends, an individuals hopes or dreams can only go so far."
Deirdre Zaccardi worked for EMI Marketing Solutions for almost 20 years before her death, where she was described as a "lovely person—a trusted employee and valued friend."
Cruz stated that there weren't “any ongoing domestic issues” between the parents that there was any knowledge of and at this point in their investigation there's “not a lot of answers to a heck of a lot of questions.”
Officials discuss deaths of 3 children, 2 adults found Monday in Abington condo
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“It is a crime, a crime occurred in that building and three little children are gone forever as a result of this,” Cruz noted. “When something unimaginable like this happens there’s always going to be more questions than answers,” Cruz told Boston.com.
Peter Schafer, the Abington School District superintendent, released a statement regarding the tragic loss, noting that grief counselors will be made available. “We are heartbroken to share with you that the Zaccardi Family, an Abington family, died unexpectedly last night,” he stated. “There are three young students of this family in our district. At this time, we do not have any other details about what happened. This was an unexpected event, which deeply saddens all of us. This is a tragedy that will affect the entire Abington community.”
Cruz noted in the press conference that the deaths of this family has affected the entire community. “Nobody’s prepared for this,” he said. “You’re not prepared to get a phone call that three little children’s lives have been taken and there’s other terrible things that have occurred. I don’t think anybody’s ever ready for that.”