Four people found dead in a Baltimore hotel room Monday have been identified as William Parente, 59; Betty Parente, 58; Stephanie Parente, 19; and Catherine Parente, 11; all of Garden City, N.Y., on Long Island. The Baltimore County Police Department said they are continuing to investigate the case as a murder-suicide.
In a telephone interview, the Parente’s next-door neighbor, Mary Opulente Krener, said that William and Betty Parente were a couple and Stephanie and Catherine were their daughters. “I can’t tell you how heartsick I am,” she said. “This is the most wonderful family, the most kind and loving family. I’m astounded.” She said William Parente was a real estate attorney in New York.
Hotel staff at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson, a suburb of Baltimore, found the bodies in a locked room Monday afternoon after the guests failed to check out when they were supposed to.