Sun coverage: 4 found dead in Towson

A family of four from Long Island was found dead in a room at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson on April 20. Police were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

April 24, 2009

Parente bought knife at Towson mall

Some time after checking into the Sheraton hotel in Towson last week, William M. Parente went across the street to the Towson Town Center and bought the knife he used to kill himself.

April 23, 2009

As economic crisis goes on, financial fears can push some over the edge

The headlines have had a similar ring: A Frederick County man underwater on his mortgage kills himself and his family. A man accused of financial improprieties does the same while staying at a Towson hotel. A top official with Freddie Mac, a company with major money woes, is found dead in an apparent suicide.

April 23, 2009

Police describe methodical killings in hotel

The phone in the Parentes' 10th-floor hotel room rang just before midnight. By then, a mother and two daughters staying there had been beaten and asphyxiated by the man who answered the phone. Not long after taking that call - from a college roommate of his older daughter - the man used a knife to commit suicide.

April 23, 2009

Murder-suicide inquiry turns to father's financial dealings

One hint that something might have been amiss in William Parente's professional life came from a nondescript law office in a shopping center in Queens. Attorney Bruce Montague, uneasy about an investment he had made through Parente, asked for his money back - but got, he claims, nearly a half-million dollars in bounced checks.

April 23, 2009

Jean Marbella: Sadly, it's not the economy alone

It is human - or perhaps just journalistic - nature to think we can explain the inexplicable. We take all the horrifying details that tumble from first one murder-suicide that wipes out an entire family and then unbelievably a second one - the sunny yellow house, the 10th-floor hotel room, the three little tykes, the two sisters, the mom who blogged and the one who volunteered - and we grasp for a universal string theory that will tie the who-what-where-when-and-how to a why.

April 22, 2009

N.Y. family died on visit to Loyola student

Stephanie Parente wasn't the kind of student who would blow off a college chemistry exam. The 19-year-old Loyola sophomore and speech pathology major was far too studious for that, her friends said.

April 22, 2009

Long Island neighbors bewildered at death of family

A wreath of bright flowers decorates the front door of the tidy white-brick house on First Street, across from the fairways of the Cherry Valley Club.

12:09 AM EDT, April 22, 2009

Loyola College holds Mass to remember Parente

The ritual of the Roman Catholic Mass provided a salve to the wound felt by more than 1,000 Loyola College students who gathered Tuesday night to remember their friend and classmate, Stephanie Parente.

April 21, 2009

4 found dead in Towson hotel room

The bodies of four relatives were found Monday behind the locked door of a Towson hotel room in what Baltimore County police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide.

Peter Hermann: Family tragedies deserve answers

Baltimore County police are now calling the deaths of four people found in a room at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson a murder-suicide. Authorities released the names of the victims but have not yet said how they died.

2:39 PM EDT, April 21, 2009

Long Island family found dead

Fellow Loyola students mourn friend's death

In the prayer garden next to the Loyola College Chapel, a dozen students who were friends with Stephanie Parente gathered Tuesday to cry, hug and lean on each other as they remembered their classmate who was found dead with her family in a Towson hotel Monday.

12:15 PM EDT, April 21, 2009

Message from Loyola College on Parente death

Loyola College President Rev. Brian F. Linnane issued the following statement Tuesday:

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