Five dead after murder-suicide, house fire in Western Mass.

Published on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:08
Written by The Associated Press

SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A father of three appears to have killed his wife and his children, then taken his own life and set fire to the family home in rural western Massachusetts, the area’s top prosecutor said.

Luke Karpinski and Justine Wilbur, both 41, along with their 7-year-old twins and a 3-year-old child, were found dead in their Sheffield home after the Wednesday morning fire was extinguished.

“We are investigating this matter as a murder-suicide. At this time, the evidence indicates that Luke Karpinski was the assailant,” Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said Thursday.

Wilbur’s body was found on the first floor of the year-old home. Karpinski and the children were found on the second floor.

The investigation is ongoing, and Harrington did not disclose how the victims died or a possible motive. The state medical examiner’s office is conducting autopsies.

Karpinski and Wilbur were high school sweethearts who started dating their senior year at Wahconah Regional High School in nearby Dalton, family members told The Berkshire Eagle.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:08. Updated: Friday, 15 March 2019 20:11.