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Police say N.Y. man beat, asphyxiated family in hotel

By Alex Dominguez
Associated Press / April 23, 2009
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TOWSON, Md. - A New York tax attorney's investment dealings are being investigated by the FBI after he beat and asphyxiated his wife and daughters in a Maryland hotel room, then answered a call from his daughter's college roommate before killing himself, authorities said yesterday.

The bodies were discovered Monday in a hotel north of Baltimore.

Police provided new details about the crime yesterday, saying William Parente, 59, of Garden City, N.Y., killed his wife, Betty Parente, 58, and their daughters, Stephanie, 19, and Catherine, 11.

The couple and their younger daughter were in Maryland to visit Stephanie, a sophomore at Loyola College in Baltimore.

Betty and the daughters, who were found on the bed, died from blunt force trauma and asphyxiation, Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Mike Hill said.

Hill said William Parente, who was found in the bathroom, died by cutting himself.

Hill declined to elaborate.

It appeared that Betty died first, Catherine next, and Stephanie later Sunday afternoon.

But the timeline was still under investigation, Hill said.

There was no sign that they had been restrained and no notes were found in the room.