They showed up to take the children to school, but they found themselves inside the scene of a massacre…


ABINGTON, Mass. – Police are still trying to make sense of the details behind the horrific murder scene where an entire family, including three children, were found dead Monday, USA TODAY reported.

And investigators have yet to arrest any suspects. 

Police say that they were alerted to the scene at an Abington home in Plymouth County on Monday morning after receiving a distressed 911 call from a family member.

Investigators gather outside the Massachusetts home on Monday. (Screenshot – USA Today Broadcast)


They say that the relative had shown up at the home in order to provide the children with a ride to school. But when no one came to answer the door, the family member went inside.

What they discovered is unimaginable.

“The person found an individual bleeding, laying in a position on the couch in the downstairs area and they called the police,” said Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz.

Inside the home, all five people were dead. Police identified the deceased as Deirdre Zaccardi, 40, Joseph Zaccardi, 43, Alexis Zaccardi, 11, and twins Nathaniel and Kathryn Zaccardi, both 9-years-old.


Every one of the victims had died from apparent gunshot wounds, police said. 

Reactions of shock and disgust quickly spread as the news began to report on the slayings.

“It’s a crime, a crime occurred in that building. Three little children are gone forever,” Cruz said.

Police have yet to release many of the details surrounding the shooting, but Cruz confirmed that there was no active threat to the public. 

“There’s not a lot of answers to a heck of a lot of questions,” he said.

His statements prompted speculation over whether the perpetrator in the killings was among the dead, due to the fact that police have not announced that any suspects are in custody. 

He said there was an ongoing investigation into the five deaths, but described it as “an isolated incident.”

“When something unimaginable like this happens, there’s always going to be more questions than there are going to be answers,” Cruz said. “This is just a horrible, horrible event here for the town of Abington.”

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Chief David Majenski of the Abington Police Department said that there was no sign of past or ongoing domestic issues within the household, and authorities had not been previously called out to the property for prior disputes. 

“There was no indication whatsoever and no previous calls that would certainly indicate any type of an issue going on at that household,” Chief Majenski said in a press briefing.

The victims’ family members are asking for prayers and privacy through their “unfathomable loss” as they “attempt to make sense of the enormity of this event.”

Administrators within the school that the children attended said that they would be providing counselors for students and faculty due to the “unexpected and unexplainably tragic loss.”


An interview by the Boston Globe with someone close to the mother described her as a “lovely person”.

Her “welcoming smile, constant enthusiasm, sense of humor and talent for organizing just about anything made her indispensable to the company, and to me personally. Her deep commitment to her children, and the pride she took in their accomplishments, small and large, were part of many conversations. Just last week, she took Wednesday off for the twins’ birthday celebration. We are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy.”


“Their presence touched so many lives and there are no words to express the sadness we feel,” said Superintendent Peter Schafer of Abington Public Schools.

Abington is about 20 miles south of Boston. 


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