A retired New York cop who apparently shot his two teenage daughters to death Saturday before killing himself reportedly left a suicide note indicating the killings were premeditated.
Police officers responded to the home in Harrison, New York, after a report of a suspicious incident, Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said in a video posted by the Journal News.
Once inside, officers found the bodies of Glen Hochman, 52, and two teenage girls.
Marraccini said that the two girls were identified as Hochman's daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, the Associated Press reported.
He said it appears that Hochman killed his children and then himself.
Three of the family’s dogs were also shot to death, according to the AP.
Investigators said Monday that Hochman had left a suicide note that suggested he had planned the murders in advance.
"He did indicate in the letter that the two girls were taken away," Marraccini told the Journal News.
According to officials, Hochman asked his wife Anamarie to make sure the family's affairs were tended to. The couple had reportedly been having some marital problems – although there were no signs of domestic violence, according to the newspaper.
Police said Anamarie Hochman had gone to the station and reported a verbal dispute she had with her husband over a cell phone bill the day before the killings, but said she was not threatened with physical harm and did not want police to open a case.
According to police, on the day of the killings, Anamarie Hochman asked her daughter Alissa's boyfriend to go to the house while she was returning from a trip to a casino with her oldest daughter Samantha, the Journal News reported.
The boyfriend discovered Glen Hochman's body in the garage and contacted authorities. Police then found the bodies of the two girls in the home, the Journal News reported.
Hochman had worked for the White Plains Police Department for over two decades before recently retiring, according to multiple reports, and won a lifesaving award last year.
"The department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy," White Plains public safety commissioner David Chong said in a statement to the Journal News. "We can only pray for the family. Officer Hochman served this department and the city of White Plains with honor and integrity for over 22 years."
Neighbors and friendly said the family was always kind and friendly, the Journal News reported.
"[Alissa] was an absolutely adorable, sweet girl," one said. "They were both sweet girls."
Friends of the girls also posted tributes on Twitter.
The Harrison Central School District said in a statement it was opening up the high school campus on Sunday to offer assistance to grieving students.
Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Stephanie McNeal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.