A Boston woman who pushed her two young children from the top of a parking garage and then killed herself in a double murder suicide has been identified.
Erin Pascal, 40, was named on Thursday as the woman whose body was found on the sidewalk next to those of her two young children; four-year-old daughter Allison and 16-month-old Andrew.
Police believe she threw the kids off the nine-story structure before plunging to her own death on Christmas Day.
Pascal’s vehicle was found on the roof the parking garage in the city with the doors flung open.
Authorities previously said that two child car seats were found in the vehicle – one facing forward and the other facing backward.
‘Today is an extremely sad day as we begin to put together the pieces of a tragedy that took place yesterday, on Christmas,’ Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said on Thursday.
WCVB reports that the woman’s husband called police to say that there had been an argument and that she was suicidal.
Pascal was the director of corporate social responsibility and community relations at Sanofi Genzyme, a biotechnology company based in nearby Cambridge.
She was a graduate of Brown University, where she was a classmate of The Office star John Kransinski.
It is unclear if anything specifically drove Pascal to kill herself and her children, but Rollins said their deaths highlight the ‘invisible struggles’ that many face when dealing with depression or mental health issues.
‘For a parent to come to a place in which they harm their children in this way indicates that their mental health struggles were severe and in need of immediate support. Mental health issues are not specific to one type of individual.
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Source: Daily Mail