Family of Laura Stone Mortimer Speaks Out

(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Winchester, Mass.) - For the first time we are hearing from a relative of the three generations murdered inside their suburban Boston home.

The statement from the family was in effect, a beautiful eulogy.

Memories of these four - from a daughter, sister, and aunt, who has asked for privacy for the family going forward.

Unimaginable events.

An unthinkable crime.

A tragedy that defies explanation.

Tuesday, Debra Stone Sochat walked alongside her husband David, and with Pastor Thomas Brown to let the public know about four special lives lost - her mother, sister, nephew, and niece.

"Last week we lost four incredible souls and nothing will ever completely absorb the pain that this tragedy has left behind," Sochat said through tears.

What was discovered last Wednesday on Windsong Lane in Winchester, Massachusetts is enough to make anyone cry.

Found dead inside, three generations of one family.

Ellen Stone, 64 years old, a second mother to many for her hugs and her advice.

"My mother Ellen and I would spend every day together whether it was doing fun things with the children, planting flowers, doing arts and crafts or simply cleaning the house, we were together. I will always treasure that time," Sochat said.

Laura Stone Mortimer, 41, who embraced life with energy and lived for her family.

"When you think about the ideal sister you think about someone who is smart, loving, someone who actually wants to spend time with her family, someone who loves to laugh. That someone was my sister Laura," Sochat said.

Four year old Finn, smart and well-behaved.

"Like Laura and my mother, Finn had such compassion for others. He always made sure no one was left out," Sochat said.

And little Charlotte, always with a sparkle in her eye.

"Charlotte was going to turn three in July. She was a dare devil, afraid of nothing. She loved adventure," Sochat said.

Picked up in Bernardston a day after the bodies were found, charged with 4 counts of murder is Laura's husband and the children's father, Thomas Mortimer IV.  

He pleaded not guilty, but allegedly left a written confession on the coffee table at the scene of the crime.

"Everyone asks, 'Why did this happen?' The truth is, we don't know and may never know," Sochat said.

The Stone family is setting up a foundation to start a preschool here at Parish of the Epiphany in memory of Finn and Charlotte.

The wake is from 3 to 7pm Wednesday at Lane Funeral Home, Main Street, Winchester.

Funeral is Thursday at 11am at Parish of the Epiphany, Church Street, Winchester.

Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester.

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