May 18, 2015

Four Found Dead, Beaten in House Fire in Washington DC

Family: Savva Savopoulos (left), the president and CEO of American Iron Works, is pictured above with his wife Amy. Police have said the bodies found in the burned-out house had blunt force wounds to the head.

[From article]
At least three of the victims suffered stab wounds or blunt-force injuries and all four were homicide victims, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday. The police chief said the injuries occurred before the fire was set on Thursday afternoon.
Lanier identified the couple as Savvas Savopoulus, 46, and his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47. She said the other two victims had been tentatively identified as the couple’s 10-year-old son, Philip, and a housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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There was no sign of forced entry at the house, and investigators were likely to be there for several more days combing through evidence,
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Savvas Savopoulos was the president of American Iron Works, a building materials manufacturer based in Hyattsville, Maryland.

$4.5M home set on fire after family, housekeeper were killed
By Associated Press
May 16, 2015 | 11:38am

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[From article]
A surviving daughter of the Washington, D.C., family murdered in an unexplained arson attack this week wrote a touching message to her mother last week before her death.
Abigail Savopoulos, 19, told her mom she was 'grateful for everything you do' and thanked her for 'believing in me and supporting me' in a Facebook post made on Mother's Day.
Less than a week later Amy Savopoulos, her CEO husband Savvas and their 10-year-old son Philip were were dead after their $2million family home was engulfed in flames Thursday.
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At least three of the four victims had blunt force head wounds and smelled of gasoline, it was revealed on Friday as homicide and arson experts continue to investigate the $2 million property.

'Thank you for believing in me': Daughter's tribute to mom killed with her father and brother in their Washington home as police confirm they WERE murdered before being set ablaze
Abigail Savopoulos, 19, wrote to Amy Savopoulos on Facebook last week
Mother's Day post told how grateful she was to mom who died Thursday
Tribute came days before family home was set ablaze in Washington, D.C.
Police have ruled that the fire was intentional, and consider it murder
Abigail's father Savvas and 10-year-old brother Philip were also killed
PUBLISHED: 10:31 EST, 16 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:14 EST, 18 May 2015

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