No one knows why a 12-year-old Connecticut boy grabbed a knife and went after his mom and twin sister, but what we do know is that, after it was over his sister was dead and his mother in the hospital with stab wounds.
West Hartford police received a 9-1-1 call at around 3:30 in the afternoon on Monday. The woman on the line said that her son had just stabbed her and her daughter. When officers arrived on the scene, all three persons were at the residence.
The son, daughter, and the mom, 56-year-old lobbyist Janemarie Murphy, were transported to the hospital where the unnamed girl died. The boy was treated for minor injuries, and the mom is still in the hospital in stable condition.
The state medical examiner on Wednesday ruled [the girl’s] death as a homicide due to the stab wounds to her neck and torso, FOX61 reported.
Mrs. Murphy is a lobbyist who has worked closely with politicians in both Connecticut and Washington D.C. Senator Chris Murphy expressed his heartfelt condolences on social media:
“My heart is sick for my friend Janemarie Murphy and her family. What an unfathomable loss. I know the community of West Hartford and her legions of friends at the State Capitol are rallying to her side to make sure the family has all they need.”
West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor released a statement from the family, in which they ask for privacy.
"We are all enduring a very painful and unimaginable loss," the statement says. "Our family will never be the same. Our daughter was a beautiful child and we will remember forever her smile ... laughter . and remember her for the way she loved and lived."
“There are a thousand parents out there looking for answers,” State Senator Beth Bye told the Hartford Courant. “It’s going to be a community healing process.” The boy was arrested and arraigned in the hospital on Tuesday, where he is charged with one count of murder and one count of assault.
The motive for the attack is not known and is under investigation.
Special services were held at St. John's Episcopal Church in West Hartford on Wednesday night; Rector Susan Pinkerton made a poignant statement that she hopes will help all families at this heartbreaking time.
“I think nothing underscores the reality of our interconnectedness to all of humanity more than when we suffer a tragedy like this. It doesn’t matter the color, race, language, sexual orientation,” said Pinkerton. “We’re all human.”
Pinkerton has advice for anyone who may be affected by this devastating news.
“I think it’s being intentional about stopping where we are, especially in these rushed days in preparation for the holidays, and opening our hearts to God and saying I don’t understand and not to expect answers but just to know that God is present in the midst of all of this,” said Pinkerton. “It’s best not to be by yourself, but to seek help with a faith leader or a mental health professional who can help with that.”
Please join us in praying for the family of the lost little girl, and for the entire community as they face this horrible tragedy.