Newton, MA – A 41-year-old Newton man has been arrested in connection with a brutal triple homicide that happened Sunday morning. Christopher Ferguson was taken into custody at approximately 7:30 p.m. today, Monday June 26, 2023, with charges including one count of murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and burglary.

The victims, identified as 73-year-old Jill D’Amore, her 74-year-old husband Bruno D’Amore, and Jill’s mother, 97-year-old Lucia Arpino, were found brutally murdered in their home on Sunday. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced the details at a press briefing Monday night.

The horrifying incident came to light when a neighbor and close family friend entered the D’Amores’ home at 49 Broadway after they missed the 10 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Help of Christians on Sunday. They were supposed to be recognized for their 50th wedding anniversary during the Mass. When they didn’t arrive, the worried neighbor found them severely injured in their home. They were pronounced dead on scene by EMS at 10:20 a.m.

Although Ferguson has currently been charged with one count of murder, Ryan suggested that additional charges would likely follow once the autopsies of Bruno D’Amore and Lucia Arpino are conducted on Tuesday. Jill D’Amore’s autopsy, already completed by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, has confirmed her death as a homicide.

Investigators have revealed that the victims suffered from knife injuries and blunt force trauma, suggesting a struggle had taken place. According to Ryan, Mrs. D’Amore suffered over 30 stab and blunt force trauma injuries, primarily to the upper part of her body and head. Signs of forced entry were also discovered in the basement of the family’s home, indicating a possible point of entry for the assailant. A window was open, as well as several others with the screens pried open.

As the community grapples with the loss of three beloved members, the investigation into the full circumstances surrounding their deaths continues. Ferguson remains in custody awaiting further charges as the case proceeds.