A Massachusetts father found fatally shot alongside his wife and three children on Monday was “unemployed and going crazy,” according to his Facebook page.
The family of five were all found dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside their Abington condo after a concerned relative called 911 on Monday around 7:30 a.m. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz identified the victims in a press release as Joseph Zaccardi, his 40-year-old wife, Deirdre Zaccardi and their three children – 11-year-old Alexis and nine-year-old twins, Nathaniel and Kathryn Zaccardi.
It’s not clear what may have sparked the slayings, Abington Police Chief David Majenski told reporters during a new conference on Monday, adding that the family does not have a history of domestic abuse.
“Today our family has suffered an unfathomable loss,” a spokesperson for the Zaccardi family said in a statement to WCVB 5.
“As we attempt to make sense of the enormity of this event, we respectfully ask that the media respect our family’s wishes to be left alone as we grieve our tremendous losses in private.”
EMI Marketing, where Deirdre Zaccardi worked for almost two decades, remembered “their longtime colleague and friend” with a Facebook tribute on Monday.
“A ready smile, optimism in the face of the most daunting projects, a raft of recipes for her beloved holiday Cookie swap, a happy story about one or all three of her children – those memories will remain,” it said.
“In her nearly 20 years at EMI, she brought kindness, friendship, caring and can-do spirit to our community. May we all honor her memory by embracing those values every day.”
Joseph Zaccardi, a 43-year-old graduate of Massachusetts University, was a children’s author, according to his Facebook page, where his employment status is listed as “unemployed and going crazy.”
In an April 2017, he announced his third children’s book, “All Mixed Up,” was available on Amazon.
“Purchasing a copy will obviously help to promote the book, but simply spreading the word about its release would be extremely helpful too!” he wrote. “Again, thank you for everybody’s support and encouragement with each book I do! Without support of family and friends, an individual’s hopes and dreams can only go so far.”
The Abington Superintendent of Schools, Peter Schafer, also addressed the “unimaginable” tragedy, saying counselors would be available to provide support to grieving students.
“We are heartbroken to share with you that the Zaccardi family, an Abington family, died unexpectedly [Sunday] night. There are three young students of this family in our district,” he said.
“Their presence touched so many lives and there are no words to express the sadness we feel.”
Authorities said that they do not believe there is any current threat to the public but would not elaborate further, saying only that an investigation is ongoing.