Early Sunday morning in Newton, Massachusetts, three victims of a tragic incident were murdered – Gilda D’Amore, 73, her husband Bruno D’Amore, 74, and Gilda’s mother, Lucia Arpino, 97. The couple was in the midst of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan later announced on Monday evening that police had arrested 41-year-old Christopher Ferguson of Newton as the suspect. Ferguson faces charges of murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, burglary, and more. The autopsies of the victims revealed numerous stab wounds and blunt force trauma in the case of Gilda D’Amore.
Investigations into the scene of the crime had also revealed signs of forced entry and broken glass around the basement windows of the house. To further analyze the case, investigators searched for videos from neighboring residences on Albemarle Road. Upon watching the footage, authorities recognized Ferguson, who was already known to them, as the person in the video. Additionally, a bloody footprint at the crime scene was positively linked to Ferguson.
The community of Newton was left in shock and grief as the families of the victims and the local church Sacred Heart and Our Lady’s Collaborative remembered them in a commemorative statement online. Authorities have not found any connections between Ferguson and the victims’ families.
The court will prosecute Ferguson on Tuesday, and the investigation behind the tragedy is still ongoing.