Perinton, N.Y.— On Wednesday morning, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Red Fox Run in Perinton. There they found 53-year-old Penelope Luddy dead. Luddy’s daughter, 10-year-old Alexandra Luddy and Luddy’s father, 79-year-old Harold Bertram were found injured—each had been shot twice.
Both Alexandra and Bertram died from their injuries at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn is calling the incident a murder-suicide. He says Penelope Luddy used a 12-gauge shotgun and shot her daughter and her father and then turned the gun on herself.
Wednesday evening crews remained on the scene to figure out what led to the incident and to piece together what happened. Penelope Luddy did not leave a note.
Investigators say that around 8:30 a.m. Penelope Luddy purposefully asked her husband, Michael Luddy to check on an ill relative who lived nearby.
“He had gone out at the request of his wife to check on a family member,” says O’Flynn. “Upon returning he found the situation."
The sheriff’s office says there was evidence that Alexandra and Harold Bertram had put up a fight.
The sheriff and friends of the Luddy family say that Penelope had been distraught in recent weeks.
Penny and Allie, as their friends called them, were involved in Girl Scouts and had close friends in their troop.
In a statement to 13WHAM News, their friends said:
“For people who didn’t know her, Penny was a devoted mother, a former scout leader, loved by children and mothers alike. She had been ill and suffering for some time. It’s a horrible tragedy.”
Allie was a fifth grader at Jefferson Road Middle School. On Thursday, there will be counselors on hand at the school for students and staff.