Christopher Ferguson was arrested Monday evening by Massachusetts police, as the suspect in a triple-homicide in what prosecutors have described as a ‘random’ attack
Jill and Bruno D’Amore, 73 and 74, were found dead inside a Newton, Massachusetts, home on Sunday morning after they failed to turn up in church to renew vows on their 50th wedding anniversary, as planned
Jill’s mother Lucia Arpino, 97, was also killed in the brutal attack
Ferguson, 41, who is a neighbor to the victims was identified after cops matched him to bloody footprint found at scene
He had also been spotted on surveillance footage in the area on Saturday night.
The three elderly victims all suffered stab wounds and showed signs of blunt force trauma
Ferguson is charged with homicide, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and burglary
Jill and Bruno D’Amore were found dead inside their Newton, Massachusetts home on Sunday morning by a neighbor conducting a welfare check. They had failed to turn at Sunday mass to renew their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary, as planned
A neighbor has been arrested in the murders of an elderly couple who were stabbed to death in their Massachusetts home before they got the chance to renew their wedding vows.
Christopher Ferguson, 41, was arrested Monday evening in connection the triple homicides of Jill and Bruno D’Amore, aged 73 and 74, as well as Jill’s 97-year-old mother Lucia Arpino, at their family home in Newton.
Although he lives in the same neighborhood, police do not believe the killer was known to the victims.
Ferguson is charged with one count of murder and other counts, as prosecutors say more charges are pending on the completion of the three autopsies.
Jill’s 97-year-old mother Lucia Arpino was also killed in the brutal attack
The couple had been set to renew their vows at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Sunday on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
When they failed to show up, a concerned friend went to check on them and found Jill and Bruno D’Amore along with Jill’s mother, Lucy Arpino, stabbed to death.
Authorities on Monday described the scene as bloody, with clear indications that the D’Amore’s, who are both in their 70s, put up a fight in an attempt to stop their murderer. Jill had been stabbed more than 30 times before she died, medical officials determined.
Massachusetts State Police found fingerprints, as well as a bloody bare footprint that they matched to Ferguson, who had been spotted on surveillance footage in the area Saturday night.
Christopher Ferguson, [photo], was arrested Monday evening for what prosecutors have described as a ‘random’ attack. He’s charged with homicide, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and burglary with more charges expected
‘Like fingerprints, the skin of people’s feet is unique,’ Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said at a news conference Monday night.
She added Ferguson was seen ‘staggering’ in the area with no shoes and no shirt at 5.20am Sunday. It is unclear if that was before or after the allege murders, but Ryan said it was about 100 yards from his home and about four-tenths of a mile away from the crime scene.
Authorities said Ferguson did not personally know the D’Amores or Arpino and they believe the stabbing was ‘random.’
Ryan also said Ferguson was previously ‘known to police,’ though it is unclear whether he had any prior arrests. He was employed by the Framingham Public Schools as a campus aide from February 2021 until March 2023, a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.
He is now charged with homicide, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and burglary. Ryan said she expects further charges once the autopsies on all three victims are complete.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Monday that she expects further charges to be levied against Ferguson when autopsies on all three victims are complete
Police collect evidence from the home in Newton, Massachusetts, where the three victims were found stabbed to death, on Sunday morning
Police matched a bloody footprint from the scene to the suspect Christopher Ferguson [photo], who was also caught on surveillance staggering shirtless near the crime scene on Saturday night. His court arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday
As of Monday night, only the autopsy on Jill had been completed.
A medical examiner found she suffered over 30 stab wounds when Ferguson allegedly broke into her house Saturday night.
Police on the scene found a screen window torn in the basement and blood on the ground. They also found a blood-stained knife in the kitchen.
There were also apparently signs of a struggle, including broken furniture and a crystal paperweight covered in blood.
Investigators said they had matched a bloody footprint from the scene to the suspect.
Ferguson is in a hospital, Ryan said, but it is unclear what injuries he may have sustained in the altercation.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Police on the scene found signs of a struggle, including broken furniture and a crystal paperweight covered in blood. They were able to match a bloody footprint at the scene to neighbor Christopher Ferguson, 41, who was ‘known to police’
The D’Amore’s were remembered Monday as ‘fantastic Italian people who wouldn’t hurt a soul.’
According to Jim Sbordone, a retired Newton Fire Department lieutenant who was also close friends with the D’Amores, the family had long been patrons of the nearby Our Lady Help of Christians Church.
‘They would just do anything for anybody,’ Sbordone told the newspaper. ‘These were great people.’
‘This isn’t the type of thing that happens in the neighborhood,’ he said. ‘I hope it never happens again to anybody.’
Cousins of the D’Amores, Paul and Ginny Arpino, noted in a tribute that prior to Covid, Jill’s mother Lucia had not missed a mass in over 60 years.
‘She and her husband Alberto sat in the “North End” section of our church,’ they wrote. According to an obituary published in the Boston Globe, Alberto left her widow after passing away in 2014, aged 87.
The D’Amore’s were set to renew their wedding vows at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Sunday for their 50th wedding anniversary. They never showed in church. Jill’s mother Lucy Arpino has attended Mass every Sunday at the parish for 60 years
The church’s pastor Rev. Dan Riley, said he had known the family since he moved to the Catholic parish more than six years ago.
Riley described them as ‘just the best vision you could have of a Catholic Italian-American family.’
‘They had family warmth, a tomato garden outside, hospitality. They were just great people,’ he added.
The parish is set to hold a memorial Mass for the victims at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Tuesday night.
Ferguson remains hospitalized and is undergoing a mental health evaluation.
His arraignment at the Newton District Court is scheduled for Tuesday.