Newton Triple Homicide: Man Arrested and Charged as Family Members Found Dead at Home”
Authorities have apprehended and pressed charges against a man following a horrific triple homicide in Newton, Massachusetts. The tragic incident unfolded on Sunday morning when the lifeless bodies of three relatives were discovered inside their home. Among the victims were a couple, Gilda and Bruno D’Amore, who were joyfully commemorating their 50th wedding anniversary. The third victim was Gilda D’Amore’s 97-year-old mother, Lucia Arpino.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced on Monday that Christopher Ferguson, a 41-year-old resident of Newton, has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and burglary. Ryan also mentioned the possibility of additional charges. At the time of this report, it is unknown whether Ferguson has legal representation.
The grim scene revealed that all three victims had sustained injuries from both knife wounds and blunt force trauma, according to Ryan’s statement during a Monday press conference. Gilda D’Amore’s cause of death was determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma, while autopsies for the other two victims are scheduled for Tuesday.
The district attorney’s office currently believes that the killings were a random act. Investigators were able to link a bare, bloodstained footprint found at the crime scene to Ferguson. Additionally, video footage captured in the early hours of Sunday showed a shirtless and shoeless man with an unsteady gait, who was later identified as Ferguson by the police. Authorities also noted that he is known to law enforcement.
The news of the triple homicide shocked the community, prompting Newton Police Chief John Carmichael to increase police presence in the area during the search for a suspect. District Attorney Ryan described the incident as a “great tragedy and loss” and expressed gratitude to the community for their cooperation in providing information and sharing video footage.
Chief Carmichael assured residents that their streets are now safer with the arrest of Ferguson. To address the incident, the response, and the healing process, officials plan to hold a community meeting on Wednesday evening. Ferguson is expected to be arraigned in Newton District Court on Tuesday.
Located approximately 10 miles west of Boston, Newton is left grieving in the wake of this heart-wrenching event.