Saturday, January 12, 2008



Samantha Grier
The house in the Hickory Woods subdivision of Mason where Michael Veillette is accused of killing his wife and four children.

Fire crews and police worked through the night and into the morning investigating the deaths of a mother and her four young children in their Mason home.

A makeshift memorial set up by friends and neighbors outside the Veillette home, where a mother and her four children were killed.
The Enquirer / Joseph Fuqua II

By Amie Dworecki, The Enquirer
Police and emergency vehicles park in front of a charred house in Cincinnati, Ohio, Saturday, where a woman and her four children died in a fire started by her husband, authorities said.

Ohio man charged with killing wife, 4 kids
The (Cincinnati) Enquirer staff

MASON, Ohio — A Mason, Ohio, man faces five charges of murder after allegedly killing his wife and four young children and setting fire to his house Friday night.

Mason police this morning charged Michel Veillette, 34, with four counts of aggravated murder, one count of murder and one count of aggravated arson. Veillette, who had knife wounds, was listed in critical but stable condition at University Hospital, police spokesman Troy Nelson said.

Dead are Nadya Ferrari-Veillette, 33, and her four children: Marguerite, 8; Vincent, 4; and twins Jacob and Mia, 3.

A white cross was placed near the home's mailbox as a memorial to the victims grew Saturday. A white teddy bear was placed next to it.

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By 12:15 p.m. there were six animals around the cross as well as some handmade cards and artificial flowers.

A steady stream of cars flowed up and down this small street as word got around the community of the fire and deaths.

The mother suffered stab wounds; the children did not, Nelson said at a 7:30 a.m. news conference.

He said police didn't find any witnesses except for the passing motorist who reported the fire.
Police had not had any previous calls or runs to the home, Nelson said.
First a fire, then a crime scene

Mason fire units were dispatched at 9:59 p.m. to a reported house fire. Upon arriving at 10:03 p.m. the firefighters found the father on the front lawn with stab wounds.

"There's just smoke barreling out the window," said a 911 caller who pulled up in front of the house. "Flames are coming out the front window."

The mother and one child were found dead inside the house. Three other children were taken to Bethesda North Hospital, where they died.

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