A couple, in their seventies, didn’t show up on their 50th anniversary celebration and the reason why left their entire family shocked and heartbroken. Unfortunately, they were both found beaten and stabbed to death in their home in Newton, Massachusetts on Sunday morning. There was a third victim too, the wife’s mother who was in her nineties.
“Their 50th anniversary was to be celebrated in a blessing after communion at the 10 a.m. Mass. When they didn’t show up – I can’t go into the details about who discovered them – but we became notified, and myself and a number of the staff spent the day there,” the Rev. Dan Riley of Our Lady Help of Christians told WCVB.
The couple, Gilda D’Amore, 73, and Bruno D’Amore, 74, were about to attend their anniversary celebration, but when they failed to show up, one of their family members left the church, where guests were waiting for the couple, and went to check on them when he discovered their lifeless bodies.
“There were obvious signs of struggle in one of the bedrooms of the home, including broken furniture and a crystal paperweight covered in blood. We also found in the kitchen a knife with red, brown stains,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan revealed during a press conference.
The investigation showed forced entry along with bloody, bare footprints in the hallway. The footage of the surveillance cameras showed images of the suspect, Christopher Ferguson, 41, near the D’Amores’ home Sunday morning.
Another break-in happened near the D’Amores’ house that same morning, but there is no evidence if the two cases are related.
Ferguson was arrested Monday and charged with murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and burglary. He will face additional charges following the results of the autopsies.
We are very sorry these innocent people died in such a horrific manner. May they rest in peace.
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