Authorities in New Hampshire say an elderly couple found dead in their home were killed by blunt-force trauma to the head by a man who later committed suicide in Massachusetts.
The state Attorney General’s office said 34-year-old Zachary Gloudemas led police on a high-speed chase Sunday before apparently abandoning the car in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Police determined the car belonged to June Cosma, 79, and Thomas Cosma, 80, of Hooksett.
After finding Gloudemas’ body nearby, police performed a welfare check on the Cosmas and found them dead in their home.
Investigators say Gloudemas had been staying at a home near the Cosma’s house in Hooksett, where people he interacted with said he showed signs of drug abuse.
The investigation is continuing.
On Thursday night, Richard Martinez provided LOCAL 22 & LOCAL 44 a family statement. It follows in it’s entirety.
“There are no words that can capture the shock we’re experiencing or the sorrow we’re enduring in losing two wonderful human beings. June and Thomas Cosma, known affectionately to their nieces and nephews as Auntie June and Uncle Tommy, truly cared more about others than themselves. They gave to us selflessly during their entire lives.
“We are reminiscing about them in the way they both deserve to be remembered: As hard-working, caring and mindful people who were as genuine as they were kind. Rather than dwell on the circumstances of their deaths, we instead choose to remember them for how they lived.
“They embraced love and caring in the purest ways, sharing those with each other during more than 50 years of marriage. They readily shared unrestrained kindness and concern for their family, friends, neighbors, church, community and others. They were truly the nicest people one could meet, and they never had a bad thing to say about anybody or anything.
“We are thankful for the support we’ve found the past few days since first learning what might be and then confirming their unfathomable demise. We are grateful for the support, love and concern we have already received through heartfelt words, thoughts, prayers, calls, texts and messages. The outpouring is appreciated. As we move forward, we anticipate finding even more after others learn of this tragedy.
“In addition, we’d like to express our gratitude for all the efforts by the New Hampshire State, Hooksett and Andover police departments; the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office; and other law enforcement agencies probing the misfortune that June and Tommy suffered in their home. The earnestness, professionalism and concern extended to us must be commended.
“We face the grim reckoning there is no way justice will be meted out for the reprehensible manner in which the Cosmas’ loving presence was stolen from us. As we grieve their loss, we humbly ask that our privacy be respected. We now must cope with the devastating reality that we have lost them both.”
Funeral arrangements for the Cosmas are pending.