An apparent murder-suicide has shaken the town of Harrison, New York.
According to police it appeared Glen Hochman, 52, a decorated, recently retired officer from the White Plains Police Department, killed two of his daughters and then himself on Saturday.
Local reports identified his daughters as Alissa Hochman, 17, a senior at Harrison High School, and Deanna Hochman, 13, a seventh-grader. Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini told Lohud that Anamarie Hochman, Glen Hochman’s wife, and Samantha Hochman, the couple’s oldest daughter, were not home when the deaths occurred.
Hochman also apparently killed the family dog, according to reports.
David Chong, the White Plains public safety commissioner, released a statement saying, “The department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy. We can only pray for the family. Officer Hochman served this department and the city of White Plains with honor and integrity for over 22 years.”
Sgt. Edward Calvano, who provided a copy of the statement to PEOPLE, referred calls about the tragedy to the Harrison Police Department, which is handling the investigation. Harrison police were not immediately available for comment.
Harrison School District Superintendent Louis Wool released a statement about the girls’ deaths Saturday.
“With great sadness our District mourns the death of high school senior Alissa Hochman, and her younger sister Deanna, both lost to incomprehensible tragedy,” the statement said.
“Our high school community has faced life shattering tragedies this year, each time they have risen and demonstrated a depth of character and an ethic of care that is inspiring,” the statement said.
The school was opening Sunday at noon for any students, faculty or parents who need support and assistance, the statement said.
•Reporting by Nicole Weisensee Egan