4 family members found dead in Rockland County home after apparent murder-suicide: police

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
4 family members found dead in Rockland County home after apparent murder-suicide: police
Joe Torres has the latest developments.

NEW CITY, New York (WABC) -- Four family members were found dead in a Rockland County home early Saturday after an apparent murder-suicide, police say.

The deceased have been identified as members of the Morgan family. Watson Morgan, 49, and Ornela Morgan, 43, had two sons ages 10 and 12.

Police responded to 10 Clydesdale Ct. in New City just before 12:30 a.m. to perform a welfare check. All four family members were found with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead the scene.

Watson Morgan was a Sergeant with the Bronxville Police Department. At this point in the investigation, police believe Watson Morgan killed his wife -- a Bronx teacher -- and their two sons before turning the gun on himself.

It is a tragedy that neighbors are having difficulty coming to terms with.

"He's a very loving father," said Milagros Honoridez.

The Clarkstown School District released a statement saying in part,

"The new year will undoubtedly start with great sadness and heavy hearts in our close-knit school district. The coming days and weeks will be a difficult time for our school community as we struggle to understand the loss of precious lives."

Bronxville Police say Sergeant Morgan failed to show up for his evening shift on Friday night, so their department contacted Clarkstown Police, who made the brutal discovery in the sergeant's home. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

Police say the public is not in danger, and this is believed to be an isolated incident.

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