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Great-grandparents to-be murdered

The devastated grandchildren of an elderly Italian couple who were murdered in their home have revealed how they were due to become great-grandparents in the summer.

Guiseppe Massaro, 80, and his 77-year-old wife Caterina, were found dead in the bedroom of their home in Woden Road, Wolverhampton, on Friday evening.

Detectives have not yet released any details about the "sustained and frenzied attack" other than to say that they believe a hammer and a knife were used.

Speaking at a press conference in Birmingham, the couple's granddaughter, Lindsey Booth, 23, who found their bodies, said they were "beautiful, caring and loving grandparents".

She said: "Our grandparents came to England in the 1960s to look for work and to create a better life for themselves.

"Since being in the country they did nothing but work hard in order to provide for their two daughters - our mothers - and, after becoming grandparents to seven grandchildren, this summer they were expected to become great grandparents to two twin girls, which is unfortunately no longer the case."

Miss Booth also said the family, both in England and in Italy, could not "even begin to grasp the evil that took apart in their house and how frightened they would have been".

Two of the couple's other grandchildren, Richard Booth and Rosa Carella, were also at the press conference.

Mr Booth, 22, said: "My grandfather and grandmother were loved by so many people and the lives that they touched.

"They were often described as charismatic and a charming couple, which we all know that they were."


From Belfast Telegraph