A 12-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of his sister after he allegedly stabbed her and their mother at their West Hartford home Monday, according to West Hartford police.
Crews responded to Stoner Drive around 3:30 p.m. when a woman called 911 and reported that her son had stabbed her and her daughter, according to police.
The mother and juvenile daughter were taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead from her injuries.
The injured woman was identified as Jane Murphy by her employer, Murtha Cullina Attorneys at Law.
The boy has been charged with murder with special circumstances and first-degree assault.
The mayor's office identified the victims as the Murphy-Curtin family and released a statement on behalf of the family, which read in part:
"Our family, friends, and community are all suffering tonight. We are all enduring a very painful and unimaginable loss. Our family will never be the same. Our daughter was a beautiful child and we will remember forever her smile ... laughter … and remember her for the way she loved and lived.
We thank you all for your condolences and prayers. Please understand that this loss is not contained to our family. Our children attended West Hartford schools and have so many friends that are hurting tonight as well. West Hartford is a strong community. We are comforted to know that we aren’t alone in our grief. We ask that as we are suffering, please respect our privacy as well as that of our neighbors."
West Hartford Public School Superintendent Thomas Moore confirmed the family is part of the school district.
There were counselors available to students Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor released a statement, which said in part:
"Today we are mourning the loss of a beautiful young lady and praying for the recovery of her mother. Our special community of West Hartford is in pain.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Let us give them the space, privacy, and time to grieve and heal.
We will do all we can to provide support and help for the family, our students, teachers, neighbors, friends and the entire community.
I have received many calls and texts asking how people can help. Thank you. Hug your loved ones and friends a little tighter. Be generous with your time and your heart. If you are moved to make a donation, please consider giving to organizations that have as their mission to help families in crisis including the Bridge Family Center, Town That Cares, as well as faith and community organizations.
With a heavy heart, I wish our whole community peace and love."