Photo of parking lot Erin Pascal jumped from next to photo of Pascal
Erin Pascal, 40, has been named as the mother who threw her four year-old daughter and 15 month-old son to their deaths from a parking lot before killing herself (Pictures: NBC Boston/Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office)

A mother who threw her two children to their deaths from a parking garage before killing herself has been identified.

Erin Pascal, 40, threw four year-old Alison and 15 month-old Andrew off the eighth floor of the garage next to the Ruggles MBTA rail station in Boston on Christmas Day.

She then jumped to her death, in what police are treating as a double murder-suicide.

Pascal was named by Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins Thursday afternoon, with investigators still working to determine why she killed both her children before taking her own life.

Rollins said there may have been a 911 call made shortly before the double murder-suicide, but declined to say who made it, or what was said.

Photo of parking garage Erin Pascal threw herself from
Emergency services are pictured outside the parking lot which mom Erin Pascal drove to the top of, before throwing her children over its side and killing herself (Picture: AP)

Earlier on Tuesday, Rollins told WBUR: ‘All things are indicating (death by suicide). ‘Our investigation is showing that the two children fell first, and then the parent fell after.’

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Describing the scene she was met with on Wednesday, Rollins added: ‘It was awful.

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‘There were children’s shoes and the mother’s shoe.

‘There were belongings from the children and the mother strewn upon the street.

‘The impact of the fall was visible from the street.’

Wide angle photo showing parking lot mother and children fell from
This photo gives an idea of the height of the car park from whose roof Pascal and her children plunged to their deaths (Picture: NBC Boston)

Police have sealed off the top two floors of the parking lot while examining a black Acura SUV believed to have been owned by Pascal.

The crime scene is said to have been so disturbing that all those who responded to it will be offered counselling and additional support to help them process what they saw.

Two children’s seats are said to have been found inside the car.

Andre Serizawa said that his friends saw the horrific incident, and wrote on Facebook: ‘According to what (his friend) heard from a college student who saw what happened, the kids were crying and screaming before and after she threw them off the top of the garage followed by the impact of them hidding (sic) the ground before she jumped herself.’

Photo of black shoe and broken pair of glasses from near where mother and children landed
A black buckle shoe and pair of glasses are seen close to where Pascal and her children’s bodies were found (Picture: NBC Boston)

Police have sealed off the top two floors of the parking lot while examining a black Acura SUV believed to have been owned by Pascal.

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A black patent buckle shoe and broken pair of glasses could be seen behind a police cordon close to where the bodies were discovered.

The neighboring Northeastern University, which owns the parking garage, says that its top floor will remain closed indefinitely after police conclude their investigation.

For 24/7 confidential emotional support, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 in the US. For the UK contact Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see http://www.samaritans.org for details.

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