On Saturday, a retired police officer shot and killed his two daughters before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.
52-year-old Glen Hochman reportedly sectioned off an area of his home, where he killed his daughters, 17-year-old Alissa and 13-year-old Deanna, and then himself. Hochman’s wife Anamarie and eldest daughter Samantha were not home at the time of the shooting, though authorities have not disclosed details of there whereabouts.
Officers initially responded to the Hochman home around 3:50 p.m., and three bodies were removed that night around 9:30 p.m.
Hochman was a longtime officer for the White Plains Police Department, and had just retired in January after serving for more than 20 years.
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“The department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy,” White Plains public safety commissioner David Chong said. “We can only pray for the family. Officer Hochman served this department and the city of White Plains with honor and integrity for over 22 years."
Harrison School District Superintendent Louis N. Wool released the following on the district’s website following the tragedy:
“In this awful moment, let us remember how proud we are of (the high school community), how much they have helped others and how much they will help others again,” Wool said.
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Friends and neighbors were seemingly shocked by what happened, calling the Hochman girls “sweet girls.”
“You would never expect something like that from them,” fellow student Robbie Carducci said.
Harrison High School officials said they would be opening the school on Sunday to offer assistance to students and families affected by the tragic events.