Ohio family of four found dead on Father’s Day, cops probing as murder-suicide

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A husband, wife and two children were fatally shot on Father’s Day in what investigators are probing as a murder-suicide in a home in a ritzy Ohio neighborhood, according to police and a local report. 

Nicholas Mavrakis III, 47, Lesley Mavrakis, 37, Ace Mavarakis, 13 and Pippa Mavrakis, 5, were found dead shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday in their home on Salerno Street NW in Jackson Township, about five miles from Canton, local police said. 

One of Lesley’s relatives called 911 after she came to the home and no one answered the door, The Repository reported. 

“I know her husband has like PTSD from the military and he’s been having problems,” the relative told dispatchers, according to the report.

Responding officers found all four family members deceased, and the incident is being investigated as a domestic dispute that turned deadly. 

The Jackson Township Detective Bureau, as well as the Coroner’s Office and Bureau of Criminal Investigation, are investigating the case as a triple homicide and suicide, cops said. 

A neighbor told the Repository that Nicholas and Lesley, who had moved into the neighborhood in 2016, were “always very cordial to me.” 

The neighbor, who said he also had a military background, said Nicholas suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mavrakis served in the U.S. Army from April 1993 through July 2013 and retired as a staff sergeant, The Repository reported, citing the U.S. Department of Defense. 

He was deployed to Afghanistan from January 2002 to July 2002, and twice served in Iraq, from February 2003 to February 2004, and September 2007 to November 2008.

In a statement, the Jackson Local School District said it “grieves the loss of two young children, and their family.”

“Ace Mavrakis was well-liked by faculty and staff at Jackson Memorial Middle School,” the district said. “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.”

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