NYC dad Edison Lopez, is believed to have stabbed his wife, Alexandra Witek, 40, and their two sons, Calvin, one, and Lucien, three, to death before turning a knife on himself on Monday
Lopez, 41, who feared losing his job as a superintendent along with his housing was ‘agitated’ in days before the familicide
Bodies of Lopez, his wife Alexandra Witek, as well as their sons Calvin and Lucien were found, inside their home in the upper west side, after his father asked for a wellness check
Lopez reportedly slit his wife’s throat and stabbed his boys to death before slitting his own throat – responders said the children were so badly mutilated that they thought one was a girl
Edison Lopez, and Alexandra Witek were high school sweethearts who married, raising two kids in their happy family – with no history of domestic issues
Edison Lopez, [photo], is believed to have stabbed his wife, Alexandra Witek, and their two sons, Calvin, one, and Lucien, three, to death before turning a knife on himself inside their their New York Upper West Side apt where Lopez was superintendent – on Monday
A father suspected of killing his wife and two young children in a murder-suicide in Manhattan had recently told friends of his joy at the birth of his second son.
In the latest chapter of familicide plaguing the country, New York father Edison Lopez, 41, is believed to have stabbed his wife, Alexandra Witek, 40, and their two sons, Calvin, one, and Lucien, three, to death before turning a knife on himself.
Neighbors of their Upper West Side apartment, where Lopez was employed as the superintendent, said Lopez was known in the area as a nice guy and a family man who was often seen taking his kids to Central Park a few blocks away.
The bodies of Lopez, his wife Alexandra Witek, as well as their sons Calvin and Lucien [photo], were found, inside their home on West 86th Street near Riverside Drive around 3 p.m. on Monday
Lopez, Witek, and their sons were found in their home on West 86th Street near Riverside Drive around 3 p.m. when Lopez’s father called Witek’s younger brother after he could to reach the family since Sunday.
The brother-in-law, who is the superintendent of a nearby building, alerted authorities after he and Lopez Sr drilled out the lock of the apartment and saw blood inside. The door had been locked from the inside.
First responders initially discovered the two children in the living room with several stab wounds and two knives nearby, sources said. Their mother’s body was found in the hallway with a deep cut to her neck, while Lopez who also had a slit throat was found lying on a bed in a bedroom, a knife next to him.
The family of four were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers from the NYC The medical examiner’s office removed one of the four bodies found at the Upper West Side apartment of the Lopez family on Monday
Edison Lopez was the superintendent of the West 86th Street apartment building where his family lived. Neighbors described him as a nice guy and a family man who was often seen taking his kids to Central Park, a few blocks away
Trying to understand triggers that set off a family man described by neighbors as a ‘doting dad’, so badly that according to a report by the New York Post, first responders describe young bodies so badly brutalized that officers thought one was a girl.
The family may have been facing pressure to move out of their apartment in the weeks prior because Lopez had apparently gotten a new job in Westchester, one acquaintances said.
Friends claim Lopez was concerned about his job and feared that another opportunity he was pursuing had fallen through. He is said to have been agitated in recent days and told friends that managers of his building ‘want me out’.
One family friend who saw Lopez the previous week said he seemed agitated, upset and frantic speaking about his housing insecurity: “I saw him on Friday…he said he was leaving for another job and they were giving him like two weeks to get out,” the man said.
It is understood that the Lopez family had no emergency call history indicating any prior domestic issues prior, but after the heart wrenching tragedy NYPD officers gathered outside the family’s home after the bodies were found on Monday
A friend said Alexandra Witek [photo], was a ‘doting mother’ to her two sons. She had been high school sweethearts with her husband Edison Lopez and they seemed to have enjoyed a happy family life
One acquaintance who revealed that said Lopez and Alexandra were high school sweethearts who shared a ‘beautiful family’ together, said Lopez had spoken of his joy just a year ago after his younger son was born.
Stating that ‘He was a very polite individual very nice guy,’ the source wondered what the motive could be. ‘They were a beautiful family. They went to school together, grew up together.’
It is understood that the family had no emergency call history indicating any domestic issues prior to the gristly incident.
Police and emergency services were called to the scene in Manhattan’s swanky Upper West Side, just before 3pm Monday for a wellness check after the woman’s dad said he hadn’t heard from them. Officers found the family of four dead, with knives next to the bodies of the children
A friend of Alexandra Witek visiting the block on Tuesday, paid tribute to the ‘doting mother,’ adding that ‘She was a very doting mother. She took her kids to the park every day and took them to classes in the neighborhood.
‘She was dedicated to her two boys. They just celebrated their son’s birthday, the one-year-old a few weeks ago, they were good friends with other kids in the building.
‘They were always very happy seeming and everybody thought they were a great family, he had a job lined up and we were told they were going to be leaving.’