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Couple celebrating 50th anniversary killed just before vow renewal in Massachusetts

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A Boston-area husband and wife celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and the woman’s 97-year-old mother were killed Sunday in a triple homicide that is sending shockwaves through the quiet suburb of Newton, Mass.

Christopher Ferguson 41, was taken into custody Monday and charged with killing 73-year-old Gilda “Jill” D’Amore. An autopsy of her body found she suffered more than 30 stab wounds and injuries from blunt force trauma, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a Monday news conference.

Ferguson is also expected to face charges for the deaths of Jill’s husband, 74-year-old Bruno D’Amore, and her mother Lucia Arpino, once their autopsies have been completed, Ryan said.

The bodies were found in the D’Amore’s home after the couple failed to appear at Sunday Mass. They had planned to renew their wedding vows that day to mark their 50th anniversary, but when they didn’t show up, a friend left the service to check what was delaying them.

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