DA: Girlfriend found dead after man stabs father and mother at Millis restaurant

MILLIS, Mass. — A 24-year-old man is accused of going to a Millis restaurant Saturday evening, where his family was having a gathering, and stabbing his mother and father. 

The Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said that other family members subdued and tied up Benjamin Walsh until officers arrived.

"They had him pretty well tied up," said Morrissey.

The stabbings happened around 7 p.m. at Primavera, a restaurant in Millis. Morrissey said he didn't know if Walsh had been invited to the family gathering or not.

Officers and ambulances arrived on scene, discovering the parents to be seriously injured. The husband was taken to a local hospital and the wife to a Boston hospital.

"They (police) were informed by family members...that Benjamin Walsh...had stabbed the two individuals," said Morrissey.


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Police took Walsh into custody; shortly after, police learned information that indicated they needed to do a welfare check at Walsh's apartment in Needham on Marshall Street, where he lived with his girlfriend.

Needham and Millis officers went to their shared apartment and found Walsh's 20-year-old girlfriend dead and suffering from stab wounds, said Morrissey.

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Police said they are investigating her death as a homicide and they expect additional charges soon. Walsh is facing charges related to the stabbing of his parents, though the DA would not provide specifics.

Morrissey would not comment on what the motives are in the case or the nature of the altercation that happened at the restaurant. Police said they haven't had any interaction with the family prior to Saturday.

"The family has been lifelong residents of the town of Millis and they've been held in high regard in the community," said Millis Police Chief Christopher J. Soffayer.

The identity of Walsh's girlfriend has not been confirmed; the DA said they haven't had an opportunity to meet with her family.

Morrissey said there will likely be two arraignments, one in Millis District Court and the other in Needham District Court.

The DA said more information will be available as the investigation continues.

Walsh was taken to the hospital after being taken into custody. Morrissey would not provide details but said he remains in custody.

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