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Three dead in Ballston Spa double murder-suicide

Three dead in Ballston Spa double murder-suicide

Married couple and their adolescent daughter are believed to be the deceased
Three dead in Ballston Spa double murder-suicide
State police, Saratoga County sheriff's deputies and Ballston Spa police were investigating on Adams Circle on Friday.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Three Ballston Spa residents are dead in what police are calling a double murder-suicide.

No names were released late Friday night. The causes of death were not disclosed.

Ballston Spa and state police officers were sent to Adams Circle in the Colonial Hills section of the village at about 3 p.m. Friday. The investigation continued late into the evening.

Saturday update: Police: Ballston Spa man killed wife, 12-year-old daughter, himself, Dec. 15, 2018

"We are investigating a double murder-suicide," said Ballston Spa Police Chief Dave Bush, who along with two members of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation briefly talked to reporters at about 9:45 p.m.

"We're not going to release any names or any other information until next of kin are notified and we've cleared up with our investigation," Bush said. "We're not going to answer any other questions tonight." 

Investigator William Williams of the state police BCI said a press conference would be held sometime Saturday, during the afternoon. Police expected they would still be at the scene into early Saturday.

"There's no concern for the safety of the community," he said. "This is an isolated incident."

Police shut down Adams Circle at Salem Drive. At one point during the evening, a camera flash fired inside the home several times and was visible in the second floor windows.

Neighbors in the neighborhood - where many houses were decorated for the holiday season - said they knew the family involved. They said a man and woman were raising a daughter who was of middle school age.

Jerome Edmunds, who lives at the corner of Adams and Salem, estimated the family lived on Adams for about 10 years.

"They kept to themselves for the most part," Edmunds said. "Good neighbors, friendly. They would say hello and we would say hello back."

Edmunds and other neighbors said friendly greetings are part of charm in Colonial Hills.

"Everybody's very friendly in this neighborhood," Edmunds said. "It's one of the reasons we're here and have been here as long as we have, because of the neighbors."

People arriving home from work Friday evening were surprised by the large police and press presence on their streets. Several motorists inquired as to what was happening.

"It's not great to see police cars blocking off streets when you pull into your neighborhood," Edmunds said.

Gary Lansing was taking an evening walk and was told by police he could not walk down Adams. 

"I'm retired, I live alone," said Lansing, who lives on Lexington Street. "It's family oriented, I see a lot of people walking here. I'm really shocked."

Saturday update: Police: Ballston Spa man killed wife, 12-year-old daughter, himself, Dec. 15, 2018

"It's a very quiet neighborhood, very safe neighborhood," said Jennifer Platt, who lives on Salem across from the entrance to Adams. "We all look out for one another, always."

Kim Edmunds said her daughter used to play with the young girl she said lived in the house. She said the family recently welcomed a new puppy into their home, with mother and daughter often walking the animal together.

Contact Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124 or at [email protected] 

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