Harrison High School opened its doors at noon on Sunday to provide support for both students and families after a senior at the school and her sister were allegedly killed by their father, a retired White Plains police officer. Police on Sunday were investigating the deaths of the retired officer and his daughters in an apparent murder-suicide.
Police arrived at the home on Adelphi Avenue around 3:50 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about suspicious activity and discovered three bodies inside, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
The victims have been identified as Glen Hochman, 52, Alissa Hochman, 17, and Deanne Hochman, 13.
Glen Hochman killed his teens before killing himself, authorities said. Family pets were also killed, police said, CBS New York reported.
Glen Hochman had a wife and daughter, who were not home at the time the murders took place, Gold reported.
Neighbor Dante Garritano said Sunday that he saw ambulances and heard a woman screaming into the phone, “my God, they’re dead! He killed himself!”
Police said Sunday they are awaiting information from the investigation and the medical examiner’s office before they release details about the killings to the media, CBS New York reported.
Hochman served in the White Plains Police Department for 22 years before he retired in January. Last year he won his department’s life-saving award for keeping an unresponsive man alive until paramedics came.
“The White Plains Police Department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy,” David Cong, White Plains public safety commissioner, said in a statement. “We can only pray for the entire Hochman family.”
“I think it’s a very terrible tragedy, and they’re a very nice family and my heart goes out to them,” one man told CBS2. “I didn’t know them personally, but my wife and kids did and it’s just a terrible, terrible situation.”
“Horrible,” another neighbor, George, told 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis. “I have three kids of my own. They went to Harrison High School. It’s horrible, horrible news.”
At Harrison High School Sunday, car after car of grieving students and shocked parents were seen arriving at the school for grief counseling, Dennis reported.