The West Hartford community is reacting after a family tragedy involving a 12-year-old boy stabbing his mother and fatally stabbing his twin sister Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday, West Hartford Major Crimes continued their investigation zeroing in on the garage.
Robin Blayer-Bulaong said, “You have these kids one day everything’s fine into seconds later gone.”
Parents told News 8 it’s been difficult explaining what happened to their kids.
Blayer-Bulaong said, “I have a son in West Hartford schools so it’s just rotten. I was taking to him about it this morning and I didn’t know if I should say anything they said they are covering it with the kids but I figure it’s better to prepare him.”
The State Medical Examiner says the 12-year-old girl died from stab wounds to her neck and torso. The mother is in the hospital in stable condition. Police say the boy suffered a minor injury during the incident, and was brought into custody. On Tuesday afternoon, he was charged with Murder with Special Circumstances and First Degree Assault. He was also charged with assault for allegedly stabbing his mother at their home.
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West Hartford resident Joy Rothschild said, “It’s just very sad and very tragic and my heart goes out to the family.” Sally Guglielmo told News 8, “It’s just a tragedy for everybody.”
Neighbors said they were just like any other family. Anna Schranc said, “It’s most of the time which look outside really good and then it happens.” Guglielmo added, “You don’t know what happens from inside everybody’s home. Everyone seems picture perfect but you don’t know.”
West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor encouraged the community to consider giving to organizations that help families in crisis.
Today we are mourning the loss of a beautiful young lady and praying for the recovery of her mother. Our special community of West Hartford is in pain. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Let us give them the space, privacy, and time to grieve and heal.
We will do all we can to provide support and help for the family, our students, teachers, neighbors, friends and the entire community. I have received many calls and texts asking how people can help. Thank you. Hug your loved ones and friends a little tighter. Be generous with your time and your heart.
If you are moved to make a donation, please consider giving to organizations that have as their mission to help families in crisis including the Bridge Family Center, Town That Cares, as well as faith and community organizations.
With a heavy heart, I wish our whole community peace and love.
Across the town, across the state people praying for the family, and the town.
Families flocked to the WestMinister Presbyterian Church Tuesday night, looking for answers. The children met with youth leaders and counselors while the parents held a prayer vigil, trying to make sense, trying to answer the question of why.
Debbra Ofshay works with middle school children in West Hartford.
“I have two of my own children. Being a mom, it’s hard to imagine having to go through something like this at this time of year.”
The idea was to come together show solidarity and be together as a family to support the family with a terrible loss.
Chuck Coursey, a close family friend, says the family feels the love.
“This family is extremely touched and appreciative of the outpouring of support and prayers and thoughts they have received from the community. (This is) not just a family tragedy, but a community tragedy.”
The town canceled all afterschool activities and brought in counselors to help the seventh graders try to comprehend the loss of their classmates.
Mayor Shari Cantor says the approach was straightforward and honest.
Not only do they have counselors for kids, staff and parents, but also for first responders as some knew the family.