What to Know
- The father of the family of five, Joseph Zaccardi, shot and killed his wife and their three children before killing himself.
- The investigation into the deaths is ongoing by state police assigned to the district attorney's office and Abington police.
- A celebration of life will be held at the Emerald Hall Field in Abington at 4 p.m. Monday.
A celebration of life for the Abington, Massachusetts, family found dead in a murder-suicide earlier this week will be held Monday, state Rep. Alyson Sullivan announced Friday on Facebook.
Anyone wishing to show support for the family is welcome to attend, Sullivan said in her post. The gathering will be held at the Emerald Hall Field in Abington at 4 p.m. Monday.
Authorities said Wednesday that the father of the family of five, Joseph Zaccardi, shot and killed his wife and their three children before taking his own life earlier this week.
Police received a 911 call for a medical emergency at a condo on Centre Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found the body of 40-year-old Deirdre Zaccardi. Upon further investigation, they found the bodies of 9-year-old twins Nathaniel and Kathryn, 11-year-old Alexis and 43-year-old Joseph.
The person who found the bodies was a family member who had arrived at the home to bring the children to school.
The Plymouth County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday that the chief medical examiner ruled that the cause of death for Deirdre Zaccardi and her three children was shooting by firearm, and the manner of death was homicide. Joseph Zaccardi's cause of death was a gunshot wound and the manner was suicide.
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Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said earlier this week that investigators were not aware of any ongoing domestic violence issues but will continue to look into that.
Joseph Zaccardi penned several children's books and sold them on Amazon, according to his Facebook page, NBC News reported. He announced that he had published his third book, "All Mixed Up," in a Facebook post on April 17.
His wife, who worked as an office manager, commented on the post, writing: "I'm so proud of you!"
Relatives issued a statement Monday, just hours after the horrific discovery.
"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."
The investigation into the deaths is ongoing by state police assigned to the district attorney's office and Abington police.