Cops still piecing together motive of Westchester dad who killed wife, teen daughter in murder-suicide at their home – New York Daily News
Westchester police were still searching for a motive Saturday in the gruesome murder-suicide of a husband who killed his wife and teenage daughter with a 12-gauge shotgun — then turned the weapon on himself.
Cops called to the sprawling Pound Ridge home of Steven Dym, 56, found his body on the second floor, along with his wife Loretta, 50, and daughter Caroline, 18, around 11 a.m. Friday.
An autopsy by the Westchester County Medical Examiner found that Dym killed his wife and daughter with single shots in the midsection.
He killed himself with a shot to the head, according to New York State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra.
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The women’s deaths were ruled homicides and Dym’s death a suicide by the coroner.
The couple’s son William, 20, was away at the University of Southern California at the time of the murders. He arrived back home Saturday.
“My wife told me that she heard the wife was shot first,” said a next-door neighbor who said he has known the Dym family for 20 years.
The Dyms had recently put the $1.7 million house up for sale — sparking rumors of problems in the marriage — but nobody in the community knew anything concrete, the neighbor said.
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The listing for the 4,500-square-foot home with five bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms and a gigantic backyard pool and pergola was recently sold and updated to “in contract” on several sites.
Jonathan Kurdell, 51, who lives in the area, said he’d been told a real estate company sold it on Thursday — the day before the murder-suicide.
Officer Becerra said possible motives were still under investigation.
“We are still speaking with family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances to try and come to an understanding of why this tragedy occurred,” the investigator said.
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“Violent crime is a rarity in this town, so it’s understandable that a lot of people are upset and distraught,” Officer Becerra added.
Some locals thought the family planned to move west to be closer to William and also Caroline, who wanted to attend college out there as well.
“You hear the stories — marital problems, whatever. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors, right? But the Steven I knew was carefree, happy,” the next-door neighbor said.
“It’s a shock to everybody. You call him a great guy but then he does what he does … I can’t believe he would be capable of something like this. Some people say it was financials, some people say they were getting divorced,” he added.
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