ABINGTON (CBS) — Many people in Abington wore green on Tuesday as a small way to show solidarity and mourn the Zaccardi family. Others changed their profile picture to a green ribbon, or dropped flowers off at the small memorial at the Centre Ave. condo complex.

Three children, 11-year-old Alexis, and nine-year-olds  Nathaniel and Kathryn, were found dead along with their parents, Joesph and Deirdre Zaccardi, in their home Monday morning. According to the Plymouth County District Attorney, all five people had been shot.

“People are horrified. There truly are no answers, none,” said Debbie Welling, she knew the family well and dropped off flowers.

Deirdre, Alexis and Joseph Zaccardi (Photo from Facebook)

Deirdre’s friend Sarah Wall is distraught. The pair were part of a twins parenting group together and had known each other for almost a decade. “We’re going to miss her very, very much…It’s not a bad dream, it’s reality,” she said. “I can’t wrap my brain around it. We’ve all been trying. And I just think that this is just the tip of the iceberg in a very long road of healing for our entire community.”

Wall described Deirdre as thoughtful, funny and kind. “She was the first one to send me a text and be like, ‘Hey, just know that we are thinking about you and we’re here for you and I know it’s going to be a tough few months but we are all going to be here for you,'” Wall said.

Sources told the I-Team, the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Kathryn, Alexis and Nathaniel Zaccardi (Facebook photo)

“You just don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives these days. It’s a tough world for a lot of people,” one man said.

Police have never been called to the home in the past.

The Superintendent of Abington Schools said counselors are available to help support students at all of the schools.


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