The motive for a Christmas Day murder-suicide in Windsor Locks remains unknown, police said, but COVID-19 figured significantly in the final days of John and Cindy Liquori.
Investigators were told that Cindy Liquori had the disease and her husband, John Liquori, may have had it as well, Windsor Locks Detective Sgt. Jeff Lampson said Monday. Cindy Liquori’s mother, Claire Palmer, was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a local hospital, police said.
Cindy Liquori, 55, was at Palmer’s house on Dale Street Friday when her husband, 59, shot her and then shot and killed himself, authorities said.
A state police source said Cindy Liquori, who lived with her husband in Suffield, was dog sitting while her mother was in the hospital. Cindy Liquori was shot in her sleep and John Liquori then lay down beside her on the bed and shot and killed himself, the source said.
John Liquori, 59, had called Cindy’s brother on Friday evening and asked him to come over and pick up his mother-in-law’s dogs, Lampson said. Shortly after, Liquori called back and sounded more distraught.
“The conversation they had raised serious concerns,” Lampson said.
Cindy Liquori’s brother entered the house and found their bodies at about 6 p.m. At least one firearm, a revolver, was found, police said.
Autopsies have been conducted but the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner could provide no further information Monday afternoon.
John Liquori was a well-known divorce lawyer with an office in Suffield. He had been a family court attorney for 33 years and was listed as attorney of record on many cases on the state judicial branch website, mostly in Hartford Superior Court.
He was part of a tight circle of lawyers in the small north-central Connecticut town, said David E. Kelly, who also practiced law in town and knew Liquori, both as a friend and an occasional legal adversary.
Kelly described Liquori as a genial man who had a firm grasp of the law. “Divorce work is a brutal business under the best of circumstances,” Kelly said. “He was someone who understood the law and how to practice it.”
Kelly described the Liquoris as “wonderful people,” and added: “this is a real shock.”
Cindy Liquori was the owner of Cindy’s Soap Cottage in East Windsor. John Liquori also was listed on state documents as part of the LLC that owns the store. The couple had one child.
At Christmastime three years ago, the Liquoris sponsored Santa’s visit to the Waterside Village shops in Windsor Locks. The couple bought a roomful of toys for a raffle, according to a Courant article.
In recent months, Cindy Liquori began producing hand sanitizer and face masks, according to a story in the Windsor Locks Patch.
“The last eight months have been very busy and stressful,” she told Patch in an interview two weeks ago. “When the pandemic started, I wanted to ensure that my store was essential, so I hired about 15 people to make masks. To date, we have sold over 16,000 handmade local quality masks, which I’m very proud of. We worked our tails off to get them out quickly at a great price. We also sold over 8,000 bottles of hand sanitizer.”
Lampson said police have found no evidence that the couple was estranged. The investigation continues and police anticipate serving search warrants, he said.
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