Authorities said Wednesday that the shooting deaths of a couple and their three children in their Abington home was a case of murder-suicide.
The Plymouth district attorney’s office said the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined 43-year-old Joseph Zaccardi shot his wife, 40-year-old Deirdre, and their three children, 11-year-old Alexis and 9-year-old twins Nathaniel and Kathryn, before taking his own life.
The bodies of the five family members were discovered Monday morning. Authorities responded to the condo at 135 Center Ave. around 7:30 a.m. after a relative, who went to the home to pick up the children for school, discovered the body of one of the adults on the first floor.
State Office of Chief Medical Examiner Rules Abington Case is Murder/Suicide pic.twitter.com/MJBFZ0An4o
— DA Tim Cruz (@PlymouthCtyDAO) October 9, 2019
Officials have called the circumstances a “horrific” tragedy.
“The investigation is ongoing by State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and Abington Police,” the DA’s office said Wednesday.
On Monday, relatives of the victims issued a statement through the DA’s office:
“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.”