ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A husband and wife and their infant twin sons, a week away from celebrating their first birthdays, were found dead at their home on Monday after police were asked to check on them.
Authorities released few details about the deaths, but a relative said the couple had experienced marital problems. Arlington police Chief Frederick Ryan said police weren't looking for any suspects and there was no reason for the public to be alarmed, but he didn't elaborate.
"We're quite certain that the community is safe and people can go out and go about their business this evening," he said.
An officer found the bodies in the two-family home in a quiet residential neighborhood in Arlington, just northwest of Boston, around noon. Authorities did not say how long they had been there.
"This is obviously a very troubling, very tragic situation," Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
Ryan identified the dead as Scott Jones and his wife, Mei Kum Jones, both 43, and their sons, Colt and Cameron, who would've turned a year old on Nov. 26.
Ryan wouldn't say how they died. The state medical examiner's office removed the bodies Monday evening.
Mei Kum Jones' brother, Ben Li, said in an interview with Boston's WBZ-TV that the couple had recent marital problems.
"I think he just moved out a couple of days ago, and I think she's going through the motion of the divorce," Li told the station.
He called said his sister "a great person, a loving mom, a loving, caring person."
Neighbor Stephen Trebino, who grew up across the street from the couple's home, said he often saw one or the other of them walking with the babies. He said Scott Jones was nice to his father and would shovel the sidewalk without asking when it snowed.
"He was friendly," Trebino said. "He was always working on the house, always go, go, go."