Police ID 4 people found dead in Danbury triple murder-suicide

Police say four people died Wednesday in a triple murder-suicide in Danbury.

News 12 Staff

Jul 28, 2022, 9:41 AM

Updated 722 days ago


Police say four people died Wednesday in a triple murder-suicide in Danbury.
Police say their preliminary investigation revealed Sonia Loja, 36, strangled her three children before hanging herself. 
Junior Panjon, 12, Joselyn Panjon, 10, and Jonael Panjon, 5, were identified as the children killed.
Police made the discovery at 10 Whaley St. Wednesday night. 
Police say they responded to the home for a welfare check after they received a 911 call from a distraught and crying person.
They say the children were found dead inside the home. Loja was found dead in a shed in the backyard.
The mayor’s office and the city’s police, fire, health, education, emergency management, and health departments, along with Nuvance Health, have coordinated efforts to provide services to the family and friends of the deceased. Town officials say as this is also an emotionally damaging incident for first responders, services have been extended to public safety personnel who responded to the scene.
An autopsy of the deceased was scheduled for Thursday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington.
Mayor Dean Esposito, who responded to the scene to offer support, said in a release, "This is a truly horrible event that occurred in our city yesterday and we mourn the tragic loss of life. In the coming days, mental health and counseling services will be provided through collaboration with the Danbury Public Schools and the City of Danbury. Our community grieves for the innocent lives taken from us. We will get through this together."
The Danbury Public Schools superintendent says two of the three children were part of the school system. Counseling services will be available Monday.

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