Horrible news indeed. Apparently Wednesday last, Bernadette LaRoche was killed by her estranged husband, William LaRoche. He then killed himself after the terrible murder.
Apparently the news sent shock waves through the skating community around Templeton, Massachusetts where the murder took place. The couples son, Nicholas LaRoche, is a senior-level competitive figure skater, most recently finishing 7th at the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
It would seem, in December, Mrs. LaRoche had a restraining order put on Mr. LaRoche and had it renewed in April. According to the Worcester Telegram, Templeton police were called to the home about 1:40 p.m. after a business acquaintance of Ms. LaRoche could not get anyone to answer the door at the Cape Cod-style house, which is in a wooded section of town about one mile from Templeton Center. Police forced entry and found the bodies.
Anyone wishing to send Nick messages of condolences may do so at his website here, or by postal mail at:
Toyota Training Center
Attention: Nicholas LaRoche
555 North Nash Street
El Segundo, California
How very terrible this situation is. It's just unbelievable.