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HARRISON, N.Y. -- A five-page suicide note left by retired White Plains Police Officer Glen Hochman offers new details about a double murder-suicide in which Hochman shot his two youngest daughters early Saturday morning before killing himself, officials said Monday.
These facts were disclosed Monday by Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini and Mayor Ronald Belmont during a news conference at Harrison Police Headquarters:
- Hochman's wife, Anamarie, had been out of town on a pre-planned trip. When no one answered her phone calls, she asked her daughter Alissa's boyfriend to check the house. The teenage boy entered the garage about 3:36 p.m., found Mr. Hochman's body and called 911.
- Three Harrison police officers arrived at the home, at 1 Adelphia Ave., and found two daughters dead in their beds. Preliminary autopsy results show Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, both died of single-shot gunshots to the head. There were no signs of a struggle, indicating they were killed in their sleep.
- Hochman, 52, also died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A 40-caliber Glock handgun was found in his hand. The handgun, owned by Hochman, is believed to have been used in all three killings.
- All three of the family's dogs also were found dead of gunshot wounds in the garage.
- Mrs. Hochman, 50, filed a police report about 9 a.m. on Friday (the day before the double murder-suicide) to document that she and her husband had had a verbal dispute over an $80 cellphone bill. Police had no prior reports of problems in the household. The couple had discussed the possibility of separating in mid-January "due to marital issues."
- Mr. Hochman "had no known health issues and no known psychiatric issues." He retired last month as a White Plains police officer after more than 20 years. "The wife was shocked,'' Marraccini said. "I don't think anyone can understand how someone kills his children."
"There was no prior indication that Mr. Hochman would have committed this heinous act,'' Marraccini said.
Marraccini would not disclose the full content of the five-page suicide note, which was printed on a computer, but said it stated "the girls were taken away." Hochman also left a one-page note with instructions for his wife. The couple's oldest daughter, 22-year-old Samantha, had been out-of-town visiting Mohegan Sun Casino with her mother.
Mayor Belmont said he'd known the Hochman family for many years through community events. He said they were active in Girl Scouts, and volunteer activities with the ambulance corps and Harrison Fire Department. He called them "a great family, a great bunch of people, really involved in the community."
"We will come together and get through this,'' Belmont said, adding that he can't recall Harrison ever experiencing such an horrific tragedy.
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