A former White Plains, New York, police officer murdered his two teenage daughters, the family dogs, then killed himself, according to the authorities.
The New York Daily News reports:
Glen Hochman, a 22-year veteran who left the White Plains Police Department in January — killed his daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, as well as the family’s pets in their Adelphi Ave. home in Harrison Saturday before killing himself, authorities said.
“No words to describe it,” said Chris Garritano, 17, a senior along with Alissa at Harrison High School. “We always hung out. It’s just unreal to see her gone….She always seemed happy.”
Police did not immediately reveal how the murders were committed. The retired White Plains cop who was recently honored for saving a man’s life.
According to neighbors, the family’s German shepherd mix and another animal were also murdered.
“We believe that there were pets that were killed,” Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said late Saturday.
Hochman’s 52-year-old wife, Anamarie DiPietro-Hochman, and their eldest daughter, Samantha, 22, were out of town at the time.
“I do not believe the wife came home,” the police chief said. “My understanding is they were not on the scene and they did not find the bodies inside the house.”
The bodies were discovered after a neighbor called 911 at about 3:30 p.m.
Nearby residents were stunned.
“As I got closer I heard basically crying, screaming,” said Dante Garritano, 53, a nearby neighbor who arrived to the crime scene shortly after police. “It’s just a shame…Everyone was very upset.”
“Adorable, sweet kids. Terrific ladies — all of them,” said neighbor Howard Hollander. “I think we’re all shocked by what’s coming out here tonight. I just can’t say anything that would lead to this.”
Hochman was described as a quiet man who would politely say hello when he was out walking the dog.
“He was kind of a to-himself kind of guy,” he said. “He was quiet.”
Hochman served with “honor and integrity” and had an unblemished record, White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said, according to the Daily News.
“The department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy,” Chong said in a statement. “We can only pray for the family.”
Neighbors suggested that Hochman was having marital problems.
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