DA: Deaths of Abington family of 5 ruled murder-suicide carried out by husband

ABINGTON, MASS. (WHDH) - The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined that the tragic shooting deaths of a family of five in Abington earlier this week was a murder-suicide carried out by the husband and father, Joseph Zaccardi.

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In a statement Wednesday, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz confirmed that the shooting deaths of 11-year-old Alexis Zaccardi, 9-year-old twins Nathaniel and Kathryn, and 40-year-old Deirdre Zaccardi were homicides.

The death of Joseph Zaccardi was a suicide, the office determined.

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Officers responding to a condo at 135 Centre Ave. about 7:30 a.m. Monday found all five dead from gunshot wounds.

Cruz says the gruesome discovery was first made by another family member who showed up at the home to pick up one of the children for school.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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