• Abington community coming together to grieve loss of beloved family


    ABINGTON, Mass. - Abington residents are coming together to help each other heal following a murder-suicide that took the lives of a family of five.

    "It hit the community hard," said Rep. Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington). "To have to deal with that type of devastation is unreal."

    Dozens of people gathered at the Polish Club on Thursday night to make green ribbons - the local school's color - to hang in honor of the lives of the Zaccardi children; 11-year-old Alexis and 9-year-old twins Nathaniel and Kathryn.

    "Unfortunately, with the loss of three young lives, it affects the children," said Sullivan.

    On Wednesday, investigators revealed they had learned the father, Joseph Zaccardi, fatally shot his wife Deidre and their children before turning the gun onto himself inside their Centre Avenue home.

    Some of the younger residents that gathered at the Polish Club knew the Zaccardi childrem.

    "As adults, it’s sometimes hard to comprehend what happened, and for children of young ages, third grade and sixth grade, I can’t imagine what’s going through their minds," said Sullivan.

    The bows, a symbol of support for the Zaccardi family as well as for those responded to the scene of the murder, will hang around town as the community continues to heal.

    "We’re all pulling together to hang these up, give to the kids at the school," said Heather Seppala, a resident.

    "In front of the fire department, the police department, so the family and our first responders know that the town is rallying behind," said Sullivan.

    The community is also organizing a celebration of life for the family on Monday at 4 p.m. at Abington's Emerald Hall.

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