Erin Pascal, 40, was named on Thursday as the woman whose body was found on the sidewalk next to those of her two young children
A Boston woman who pushed her two young children from the top of a parking garage and then killed herself in a double murder suicide has been identified.
Erin Pascal, 40, was named on Thursday as the woman whose body was found on the sidewalk next to those of her two young children; four-year-old daughter Allison and 16-month-old Andrew.
Police believe she threw the kids off the nine-story structure before plunging to her own death on Christmas Day.
Pascal’s vehicle was found on the roof the parking garage in the city, with the doors flung open.
‘Today is an extremely sad day as we begin to put together the pieces of a tragedy that took place yesterday, on Christmas,’ Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said on Thursday.
WCVB reports that the woman’s husband called police to say that there had been an argument and that she was suicidal.
Pascal was the director of corporate social responsibility and community relations at Sanofi Genzyme, a biotechnology company based in nearby Cambridge.
She was a graduate of Brown University, where she studied alongside The Office star John Kransinski.
Pascal is pictured with a small child in an undated social media snap. The mom-of-two plunged to her death alongside her two children from a nine-story parking garage in Boston on Christmas Day
Pascal was the director of corporate social responsibility and community relations at Sanofi Genzyme, a company based in nearby Cambridge. Her LinkedIn photo is pictured
It is unclear if anything specifically drove Pascal to kill herself and her children, but Rollins said their deaths highlight the ‘invisible struggles’ that many face when dealing with depression or mental health issues.
‘For a parent to come to a place in which they harm their children in this way indicates that their mental health struggles were severe and in need of immediate support. Mental health issues are not specific to one type of individual.
‘This Christmas Day tragedy demonstrates the urgency of addressing mental health, suicide and homicide.
The family’s car was found with the doors flung open on the roof of the parking garage
Police found adult and children’s clothes at the scene next to where their bodies were found
‘We have to do more to address these significant public health issues that impact all of us and Suffolk County.
‘Most importantly, I want to extend my sincere condolences to this family,’ Rollins said.
Police found baby’s shoes and a pair of sunglasses near the abandoned car.
The garage where she jumped from on Christmas Day after pushing her children=
There have been no suicide notes found and no known complaints about the mother, Rollins said.
Pascal tied the knot to her husband, Adam Pascal, back in 2013.
The couple welcomed their daughter, Alison, two years later, before son, Andrew, was born midway through 2018.
The prosecutor described the scene as ‘awful’ and especially heartrending because it happened on Christmas.
‘There were children’s shoes and an adult shoe. Just belongings from the children and the mother strewn upon the street.
‘The impact of the fall was visible from the street,’ Rollins said.
The parking garage is the same one where a college student leaped to his death in October in a suicide his girlfriend is now being charged for.
Additional security has been put on at the scene.