A tragic incident has resulted in the death of an entire family in Pleasantville, New York, according to recent reports, after a banker named Chuan-Kai “Tom” Liu reportedly decided to kill his wife, Dorothy Liu, and their two children, Tennyson and Adeline, before taking his own life.
The murder-suicide came to light after police were called around to perform a wellness check on the family, and came upon the horrific scene.
Authorities were alerted to the situation by the children’s school after both had failed to show up for classes that day.
It is not clear what could have provoked the man to take his own life and that of his family in such a horrific manner and investigations are reportedly still underway.
Various theories have been brought up. Still, authorities have asked the public to refrain from speculating on the situation before more has been revealed officially, due to the sensitive nature of what had happened.
It has been confirmed that the family had not reported any incidents of domestic violence in the past, so that theory can probably be discarded right now.
That still leaves many questions unanswered, however, and investigators have been reluctant to reveal any specific details of what is going on.
The murder was carried out with a knife, though no other details have been published so far. It will likely take a while before more information is made public.
As mentioned earlier, authorities have asked the public to refrain from speculating and spreading misinformation.
However, the 46-year-old banker was under a lot of stress and used to work for a Japanese financial firm, MUFG, in New York.
The company put out the following statement: “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.”
Tom Liu joined the firm in Agust 2018. Schools Supt. Mary Fox-Alter said that counseling is available for the local community.
Her message read: “Families are encouraged to reach out to the schools for continued support or to address specific questions they may have.”
She also added the following at a press conference: “We lost a friend, we lost a student, we lost a soccer player, we lost a mom. All of us in this 1.7-square-mile village are touched by what happened.”
People who saw the family around Thanksgiving said they looked very fine and even did some shopping.