Mum killed 3 children before taking her own life in Danbury

DANBURY — In a quiet neighborhood in a small western Connecticut town, a mother appears to have strangled her three children to death before taking her own life, police said Thursday.

A preliminary investigation shows that Sonia Loja, 36, killed her children, Junior Panjon, 12, Joselyn Panjon, 10, and Jonael Panjon, 5, on Wednesday before taking her own life, the police detective captain said. Danbury, Mark Williams.

Williams said the children appeared to be strangulated to death and Loja died by hanging in a shed in the garden. Autopsies were scheduled for Thursday.

“A truly horrific event happened yesterday in our town and we mourn the tragic death,” Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito said. He added that Danbury Public Schools and the city will be providing mental health and counseling services in the coming days.

“Our community mourns the innocent lives that have been taken from us,” Esposito said in a statement. “We will get through this together.”

Two of the children who were killed were students at Danbury Public Schools, Superintendent Kevin Walston said Thursday.

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