‘I just shot my parents’: 24-year-old woman accused of fatally shooting both her parents from car’s backseat

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A couple in Massachusetts died Thursday after their adult daughter declared she had shot her parents, according to authorities.Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said police received a 911 call just after 9 a.m. from a Bedford resident saying a woman told them she had just shot her parents.”The woman went outside, located a car on an adjacent lawn, and inside that car was a 56-year-old woman, also a Bedford resident, who was pronounced dead on the scene, and a 56-year-old man who was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Ryan said. The man later died at the hospital, Ryan’s office said.According to court documents, the victims are identified as Mark Cavallaro and Thelma Tatten, both of Bedford. According to court documents, Jessica Cavallaro, 24, who lives with her boyfriend’s parents, told them she was having a panic attack earlier Thursday morning before retreating to her bedroom. After about 30 minutes, Cavallaro came out and said she was going to breakfast with her parents and left, according to court documents. Cavallaro then got into the backseat of her parents’ car and shot them both in the backs of their heads, according to court documents. A short while later, Cavallaro went back into the home declaring, “I just shot my parents,” her boyfriend’s father told police, according to court documents. He then called 911. Cavallaro got the gun from her boyfriend’s safe, according to court documents. Cavallaro was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and unlawful possession of a firearm.She was held without bail at her arraignment and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. She will return to court on Aug. 20. “I just drove this way, taking my kids to day care like, you know, 10 minutes before this happened,” said Colleen, a resident of the neighborhood. “So coming back to the road, being shut off and all the police presence was, you know, very unsettling.”Ryan said there is no known history of trouble or issues with the suspect or victims.Video: Officials ID suspect, outline timeline in Bedford double shooting

A couple in Massachusetts died Thursday after their adult daughter declared she had shot her parents, according to authorities.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said police received a 911 call just after 9 a.m. from a Bedford resident saying a woman told them she had just shot her parents.

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“The woman went outside, located a car on an adjacent lawn, and inside that car was a 56-year-old woman, also a Bedford resident, who was pronounced dead on the scene, and a 56-year-old man who was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Ryan said.

The man later died at the hospital, Ryan’s office said.

According to court documents, the victims are identified as Mark Cavallaro and Thelma Tatten, both of Bedford.

According to court documents, Jessica Cavallaro, 24, who lives with her boyfriend’s parents, told them she was having a panic attack earlier Thursday morning before retreating to her bedroom. After about 30 minutes, Cavallaro came out and said she was going to breakfast with her parents and left, according to court documents.

Cavallaro then got into the backseat of her parents’ car and shot them both in the backs of their heads, according to court documents.

A short while later, Cavallaro went back into the home declaring, “I just shot my parents,” her boyfriend’s father told police, according to court documents. He then called 911.

Cavallaro got the gun from her boyfriend’s safe, according to court documents.

Cavallaro was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and unlawful possession of a firearm.

She was held without bail at her arraignment and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. She will return to court on Aug. 20.

“I just drove this way, taking my kids to day care like, you know, 10 minutes before this happened,” said Colleen, a resident of the neighborhood. “So coming back to the road, being shut off and all the police presence was, you know, very unsettling.”

Ryan said there is no known history of trouble or issues with the suspect or victims.

Video: Officials ID suspect, outline timeline in Bedford double shooting

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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