NEWTON – The Nonantum neighborhood of Newton is on high alert after police say three elderly people were killed inside a home on Broadway Street Sunday morning. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said there is evidence of forced entry at the home and the victims suffered stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
“We are asking people to remain vigilant,” Ryan said. “This is the night to lock your doors and windows even if you do not normally do that.”
At 10:14 a.m. Sunday, a person known to the victims called 911 to report that three people believed to be the elderly residents of the home were found dead. The person or people responsible for the deaths have not been caught.
Early Sunday morning there was an attempted break-in at a home on Brookside Avenue, about a half mile from the home on Broadway. It is not known if the two incidents are related.
Ryan also asked residents that if they hear or see something suspicious, to call the Newton Police immediately. “Don’t wait until the morning to report that to us. Call tonight,” Ryan said.
Residents of the Nonantum and Newtonville area are asked to check their home security video for anything unusual. There will be an increased police presence in the neighborhood likely until someone is caught.
“You never know what’s going to happen to us,” said one neighbor familiar with the family, who did not want to go on camera fearing for their safety. That neighbor did tell WBZ the three victims are related.
“I knew the whole family. They’re very close,” the neighbor said.
The names of the three victims have not been released. Ryan said two of the victims were a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend.
According to the tight knit community, the victims were deeply connected to the local church and their absence at Sunday’s mass worried neighbors.
“These were churchgoing people. The only reason they were found is because they weren’t in church and somebody came to see if they were OK,” neighbor Robin Dickey said.
A local priest provided comfort to the community Sunday while investigators worked to figure out what happened inside of the Newton home.
Newton Police Chief John Carmichael said extra officers and dispatchers have been brought in.
“I am very concerned with such a violent crime taking place and whereas this individual, individuals are still at large,” Carmichael said. “We do really emphasize again be vigilant, pay attention to what is happening in the neighborhoods.”