Deaths of 5 in Saco ranks high among Maine's deadliest crimes

SACO, Maine (Portland Press Herald) -- The deaths of five family members in a Saco apartment over the weekend could be one of the deadliest violent incidents in Maine in more than two decades, reports the Portland Press Herald. NEWS CENTER's media partners.

Police found a mother, father, and three children, ages 12, 7 and 4, dead inside the family's apartment at the RiverView Apartment complex.

State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland said Monday morning that a review of cases for the past 26 years shows three cases in which four people died in a violent encounter. Five would be the most in that time period.

- In 2006, Christian Nielsen killed four people in Newry.

- In 1988, Earl Lozier shot and killed four people in Bangor, including his brother.

- In 1992, Virgil Smith set fire to a building on Portland's Munjoy Hill, where his ex-girlfriend lived, that killed four people. That deadly arson was characterized as a domestic violence homicide.

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