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‘Terrible tragedy': Slain Newton couple, mother identified as suspect is arrested

The church of Sacred Heart and Our Lady's Collaborative identified the victims as Jill and Bruno D'Amore and Jill's mother Lucia Arpino and said a memorial Mass was scheduled for Tuesday night; the D'Amores were set to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary

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A suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of a husband, wife and her mother, who were found dead in a home in Newton, Massachusetts, on Sunday.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said at a press conference Monday night that they have arrested Christopher Ferguson, 41, in connection with the attack. Ferguson is currently charged with one count of murder, as well as assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and burglary. Ryan said she expects further charges once autopsies are completed on all three victims - as of Monday night, only one had been completed.

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In a letter from family members, sent out by the Sacred Heart and Our Lady's Collaborative, the victims were named as Jill and Bruno D'Amore and Jill's mother Lucia Arpino. The letter described them as an integral part of the church community and longtime members.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan announced Monday that an arrest had been made after the deaths of three people Sunday in Newton, Massachusetts.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share that the terrible tragedy that happened yesterday in Newton hit very close to home…impacting our faith community and our own family," read a letter the church shared from two people who work there, who identified themselves as the cousins of the D'Amores and niece and nephew of Arpino.

Investigators had said they believed the attack on the family was random. Monday night Ryan said with a suspect in custody, that still appears to be the case.

"At this time we know of no established connection between the family members and Mr. Ferguson," Ryan said.

Victims mourned by community

Jill was described as spending "endless hours in the care of our church," gardening and managing the grounds and other beautification. Bruno was said to be known for his "big voice and his exuberant personality," especially when he stood in as chef flipping burgers at the parish picnic.

According to the church, the D'Amores leave behind three children and five grandchildren.

"Wonderful, salt of the earth people, you know that when bad things happen to good people, this is a really really good people, salt of the earth," said Father Dan Riley in an interview with NBC10 Boston.

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Photo showing Jill and Bruno D'Amore
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Photo showing Lucia Arpino

The church is set to hold a memorial Mass Tuesday night.

"The agony of this tragedy is all too real. God’s love working through you is also real. Likewise, Jesus' resurrection is real. This means that, as we deeply, deeply grieve, we do so with the support of each other and with confidence that, in the end, good defeats evil and life conquers death," Riley wrote in a message to the church Tuesday afternoon.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan held a press conference Sunday night to provide information about the three people found dead inside a Newton, Massachusetts, home, the victims of an apparent triple homicide.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan — who told reporters on Sunday she could not recall any other triple murder in Newton's history — said that two of the three victims were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend, and were expected in church on Sunday morning.

Law enforcement have asked residents to be on alert after what investigators believe may have been a random attack on the three, who were found in their home. The search for a suspect is ongoing.

"As you can imagine, this would be tragic on any day, to have family gathered for this kind of a celebration makes it particularly tragic," Ryan said during a news conference on Sunday evening.

At this stage investigators believe this may have been a random attack.

Authorities are concerned after three people are dead in what appears to be a random attack.

Victims found in Broadway Street home

Ryan said the victims were discovered Sunday morning around 10:14 a.m. by someone who knew them, who called 911. Responding officers found the victims dead inside with what appeared to be stab wounds and blunt force trauma.

Investigators also noted there were signs of forced entry into the home.

Ryan and Newton Police Chief John Carmichael said they were putting all available resources toward the investigation, and, with the killer still unknown, urged residents to take the situation seriously. They also asked residents to check home surveillance systems to look for any signs of anything unusual or suspicious.

Investigators were unable to answer questions about exactly when the crime may have occurred Sunday night, but said the investigation was ongoing.

An investigation is underway and police are searching for the person or people who may be involved.

Attempted break-in reported nearby

On the same morning the triple murder was discovered, police also responded to an attempted break-in in Newton's Nonantum village on Brookside Avenue, according to the DA. It is not yet clear if the incidents are linked, but investigators are exploring the possibility - the addresses are about a half mile apart.

The residents told police they hear a disturbance around 5:45 a.m. but did not find the signs of the break-in until around 7 a.m., which was when they called police. Ryan stressed Sunday that anyone experiencing something similar should not investigate themselves and instead call police.

James Bishop, who lives around the corner, spent Monday working to improve his home security after the news.

"It kind of made me think a little bit, re-examine how you protect yourself and your house, last thing you would ever think here," he said.

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