Newton police are investigating a triple homicide that occurred in the Nonantum neighborhood of Massachusetts. The victims, a married couple in their 70s and the wife’s mother in her 90s, were found dead inside their home on Sunday.
A friend who went to the home after the family did not show up for mass at Our Lady of Help of Christians discovered the victims. Parishioners who attended a Monday morning mass were left with questions and grief, and Rev. Dan Riley of the church expressed his condolences after the victims were discovered.
According to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, preliminary investigations suggest that there were signs of forced entry into the home. Authorities are also looking into an attempted break-in that happened on Brookside Avenue, about a half-mile from the murders. However, it is unclear if the two incidents are connected.
The incident has left neighbors on edge, and authorities are urging residents to remain vigilant. Because of the signs of home invasion at the scene of the crime, Newton Police Department Chief John Carmichael Jr. is telling residents to lock their doors and windows. He also warned locals to pay attention to their surroundings.
Authorities are also asking people to check doorbell cameras or home security systems for any video that could help police in their search for the killer. Carmichael Jr. expressed his concern about such a violent crime taking place, and the individuals responsible are still at large.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Newton Police Department. They are also advising residents to call the police department if they hear or see anything suspicious and not to investigate themselves.
The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are working to determine the motive behind the killings.