The daughter and grandchildren of recent Stillwater residents were shot Saturday in Alabama by the woman's husband before he then killed himself, according to newspaper accounts and a friend.
Charlene "Charley" Orsi, the daughter of the recent Stillwater residents Al and Veronica Auriello, died in the crime, along with Orsi's one of her four children. Alabama authorities identified the killer as Orsi's husband Bob Orsi. The husband then set the Redland, Ala., home on fire, according to a report by the Alabama News Network.
The child who died is one of the couple's three triplet 12-year-old daughters. The other two children shot survived and were in stable condition at a local hospital, the news organization said, citing local authorities. The couple's fourth child was present, but fled to a neighbor's house unharmed.
The shooting happened the day after the Aurelios moved from their Route 9P home on Saratoga Lake to Alabama to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren, friend Ann Durocher said.
The Alabama News Network added that Charlene, a third-grade teacher at Redland Elementary School, recently filed for divorce due to her husband's alleged drug use. The couple had been married since 1994, and both served in the U.S. Air Force.
Durocher, a Ballston Lake resident, has known the Aurelio's for at least 40 years and said the couple closed up their Saratoga Lake home on July 3, before traveling to Alabama on Friday.
"They got an apartment near Charlene and were going to live there until their home was done being built," Durocher said. "It's only a one-bedroom, and they're now going to have their three grandchildren living with them.
"They're not doing very well, and they don't know where to turn."
A GoFundMe account has been set-up to help the Aurelios find more adequate housing to help their grandchildren, Durocher said. The page includes a picture of the family.
After Durocher heard about the incident, which made national headlines, she called Al Aurelio.
"He was crying so hard that it was difficult to get everything straight," she said. "He's 74 and is going to be raising three girls."
Durocher said she was introduced to the Aurelios by her late husband, as her husband and Al Aurelio were both fishermen.
"He was a contractor, so we used him whenever we needed something done to our house," she said of Aurelio. "After my husband died, I couldn't have survived without him. I grew to love him like he was my own son."
Durocher said she is praying for the Aurelios and their family.
"I'm hoping with all of my heart that they can find peace and forgiveness," she said. "I pray that they can get their life together and that those three girls come out of this and live a healthy and happy life."
The GoFundMe page is at www.gofundme.com/8ryq5-loving-the-orsis.