Newton, Massachusetts, is on high alert after a triple murder occurred in a home on Broadway Street on Sunday. The victims, all elderly family members, were found dead inside the home with signs of stab wounds and blunt force trauma. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, and authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant as they search for the suspect.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan stated that two of the victims were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend and were expected to attend church on Sunday morning. Ryan called the incident “particularly tragic” given the celebratory occasion. Newton police have increased patrols in the area and are using all available resources to keep the community safe.
During a news conference on Sunday evening, Ryan revealed that a person known to the victims called 911 at around 10:14 a.m. to report the deaths. Responding authorities confirmed the deaths and found signs of forced entry into the home. The investigation is still in its early stages, and authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
In addition to the triple murder, authorities are investigating an attempted break-in at a home on Brookside Avenue, which is about a half-mile away from the murder scene. The attempted break-in occurred around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, but the residents did not call the police until an hour later. Although it is unclear if the two incidents are related, authorities are urging residents in the Nonantum and Newtonville villages to be on high alert.
Newton Police Chief John Carmichael echoed Ryan’s call for public assistance and stated that extra patrols would be out throughout the night.
As the investigation continues, authorities have not yet identified the victims or the suspect. Police have not yet determined whether the homicide was committed at random or if it was targeted.