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Family says two killed in Deerfield attempted burglary didn't need to die

Police say Patricia Anne and Nicholas Talerico were attempting to burglarize the home owned by Ronald Stolarczyk when he shot the pair.

Posted: May 30, 2019 1:39 PM
Updated: May 30, 2019 2:36 PM

DEERFIELD, N.Y. -- Two people are dead, and the man who shot them is in jail after an attempted burglary in Deerfield Tuesday.

Police say Patricia Anne and Nicholas Talerico were attempting to burglarize the home owned by Ronald Stolarczyk when he shot the pair.

But their family members say – they didn't need to die.

“On May 28th, our world was completely changed and will never be the same. We lost two wonderful people to gun violence. We are not sure why our Brother and Aunt were in Deerfield but we can say with certainty that they were not there to harm anyone. They were two amazing, caring, and loving people we truly believe they thought the house was unoccupied. They did not deserve to die!!! The police should have been called and their deaths could have been avoided. They are also victims & will deeply be missed!!”

The homeowner is due to appear in Deerfield Town Court at 6 p.m. Monday night.

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