4 family members who died during apparent domestic murder-suicide identified by Stark County authorities

Jackson Township police scene
Jackson Township police scene(Source: WOIO)
Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 11:28 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 11:44 AM EDT
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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - The Jackson Township Police Department released the identities of the four family members who died during an apparent murder-suicide.

According to police, the youngest victim was 5 years old:

  • Nicholas Mavrakis, 47
  • Lesley Mavrakis, 37
  • Ace Mavrakis, 13
  • Pippa Mavrakis, 5

Investigators responded to a Salerno Street NW residence on the afternoon of Father’s Day for a welfare check, according to Jackson Township police.

There, officers found the bodies of four individuals, all from the same family.

Police believe the deaths stem from a domestic dispute that turned deadly.

Detectives from Jackson Township, along with the Stark County Coroner’s Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are treating the case as a triple homicide and suicide at this time.

The coroner is still in the process of conducting autopsies to determine the manner of death.

Superintendent Chris DiLoreto released a statement on behalf of Jackson Local Schools, where the 13-year-old boy attended:

“The Jackson Local School District extends its sincerest sympathy to all those affected by the tragedy in our community Sunday afternoon. Our district grieves the loss of two young children, and their family.

Ace Mavrakis was well-liked by faculty and staff at Jackson Memorial Middle School. He was a member of the Jackson High School ninth-grade football team. Pippa Mavrakis was registered to start kindergarten at Strausser Elementary School in August.

Members of our ninth-grade football team met this morning and grief counselors were available to our students. The district is collaborating with Coleman Crisis Services to provide grief support and counseling to any students and/or staff members who may want to speak with a trusted adult.

Anyone wishing to speak with a counselor should call 330-452-6000.”

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call 800-273-8255, or text “4-HOPE” to 741-741.

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