Residents of an affluent neighborhood in Westchester County, New York, are trying to make sense in what investigators have labeled a double murder-suicide that left an 18-year-old girl and her mother and father dead.
The small town of Pound Ridge has been rocked by the tragedy, which apparently saw longtime resident Steven Dym murder his wife, Loretta, and their 18-year-old daughter, Caroline, before taking his own life.
“I know this family, I know a lot of people that live in town, I know a lot of people that know them. They are heartbroken,” Pound Ridge Police Chief David Ryan told WABC. The town is so small that Ryan was one of the first officers to respond to the scene.
“We’ve seen these children grow up, we’ve seen the parents and family grow up, we’ve seen the parents when they were younger,” he lamented.
To make the situation even more heartbreaking, Loretta Dym’s parents also live on the same block. The only surviving family member, the Dym’s 20-year-old son, is a student at the University of Southern California who was not in town when the murder-suicide took place and was on a plane home by Friday night.
Investigators are now hoping to piece together the circumstances behind the crime. Neighbors have offered some clues, suggesting that the Dyms were undergoing marital problems, but police have already resigned themselves to the fact that they may never uncover what exactly led Steven Dym to kill his wife and daughter.
“You hear the stories – marital problems, whatever,” the Dyms’ next-door neighbor told New York Daily News. “Who knows what goes on behind closed doors, right? But the Steven I knew was carefree, happy… I can’t believe he would be capable of something like this.”
An autopsy by the Westchester County Medical Examiner determined that Loretta and Caroline Dym were killed by single shots to the abdomen. Steven Dym killed himself with a single shot to the head. The women’s deaths were ruled homicides and the father’s death a suicide.