A recently retired suburban New York police officer reportedly shot and killed his two teenage daughters before killing himself at the family’s home, according to authorities via Reuters.
Glen Hochman, 52, had retired from the New York suburban White Plains police force last month after serving for more than 22 years. He had most recently been assigned to the traffic division.
He killed two daughters, Alissa, 17, and Deanna Hochman, 13, before killing himself in Harrison, an affluent town approximately 15 miles northeast of New York City, according to police sources.
Hochman’s wife and an older daughter were not home at the time. David Chong, White Plains’ public safety commissioner, said the following.
“The department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy.”
Police in Harrison could not be reached for official confirmation or details of the killings. Superintendent of Harrison Schools, which the two deceased teens attended, released a statement on their death, according to Reuters.
“In this awful moment, let us remember how proud we are of them, and how much they have helped others, and how much they will help others again.”
The high school will open on Sunday at noon to give support to students and families, according to the statement.
Friends of the murdered teenagers expressed their shock on Twitter.
“I think it’s a very terrible tragedy and they’re a very nice family and my heart goes out to them,” one neighbor told CBS Channel 2, New York. “I didn’t know them personally but my wife and kids did and it’s just a terrible, terrible situation.”
Chong said the following in a statement quoted by CBS Channel 2, noting the police department’s shock at the tragic events.
“The White Plains Police Department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy. We can only pray for the entire Hochman family. Police Officer Glen Hochman served the WPPD and the City of White Plains with honer [sic] and integrity.”
Chong told CBS Channel 2 that the Village of Harrison Police is handling the investigation.
No motive has been released regarding this tragic, extremely violent event.
In a recent Inquisitr article, another murder-suicide case was reported. A University of Arkansas-Little Rock professor, Dr. James Wilbanks, 41, his 27-year-old wife Tatiana, and his 31-year-old sister Elizabeth, all perished in what appears to be a murder-suicide. All three were found shot to death in a burning home in the prosperous Little Rock suburb of Maumelle, a town of 18,000 located across the Arkansas River.