A ‘Stressed’ New York banker reportedly killed his family then took his own life, in a triple murder-suicide on Dec 5
Police formally identified a family-of-four discovered dead in their home in Pleasantville, Westchester, New York, on Thursday as Chaun-Kai Tom Liu, a project manager and business analyst at MUFG, a Japanese bank and financial services company, his wife and two kids
Cops believe 46-year-old Tom Liu, used a knife to slaughter his wife, Dorothy Liu, 42, and children Tennyson, 7, and Adeline, 4
Cops were called to do a wellness check around 2pm, Thursday when the children did not show up for school that morning
Neighbors shocked the ‘perfect family’ with no history of domestic violence, could be involved in a tragedy where the father would fatally stab his wife and two kids
Tom Liu was a project manager and business analyst at MUFG, a Japanese bank and financial services company.
In a statement, the company said: ‘We are greatly saddened by the tragic loss of Tom Liu and his family. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their family, friends and colleagues during this most difficult time. We are working to support our employees affected by this tragedy in any way we can.’
‘Evidence strongly suggests that Mr Liu used a knife to cause the death of his wife and children and then used that same knife to take his own life‘, Pleasantville Police Chief Eric Grutzner [photo], said during press conference at Village Hall on Friday
At Friday’s press conference, it was revealed the family were found dead by police officers conducting a wellness check.
The school district’s superintendent, Mary Fox-Alter, said that police are contacted to perform a wellness check if a child does not turn up to school and if neither parent can be contacted. Grutzner said in those cases police often try to gain access through an open door or window, or ask the fire department to assist with finding a way into a home.
‘When we receive notification to do a wellness check we attempt to find a way to get in open door or window and then go through house to determine whether any cause of alarm. In the vast majority of cases there is not, but in this case there was.’
Grutzner said police gained access to the house through an open door.
Police secure the home where a family-of-four, including two young children were found dead in a house in Westchester, NY on Thursday.
Romer Avenue, where the home is located just down the street from Pleasantville High School, will likely remain shut down on Friday as cops continue their investigation, authorities said.
The Liu’s had moved to Pleasantville from New York City in October 2016, because they had friends in the area and thought ‘it would be a much better outdoor life for the children’, according to a former neighbor.
On Friday, investigators remained on the scene after the horrific discovery in the quiet, close-knit community.