A dad of twins killed his wife and shot his kids in their sleep before firing on himself.
Alberto Accastello, 40, massacred his family at home in Italy after finding out his wife was going to dump him for another man, local media reports.
Wife Barbara Gargano, 38, their twin toddlers Alessandro and Aurora and the family dog were all attacked in Accastello's sick tirade which ended with his suicide, said officials.
The horrendous killing spree started at 5am on Monday in their Carignano home in the Piedmont region.
Only one child, Aurora has survived to fight for her life in a coma at an intensive care unit of a specialist children’s hospital 16 miles away in Turin.
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Little Alessandro died on the way to hospital from a shot aimed at him as he slept in his cot, coroner Roberto Testi confirmed.
Italian national press agency Ansa reported their dad worked in a local cereals company and had been “depressed for some time”.
Accastello's manager, Giancarlo Cerutti described him as “a golden boy, a great worker that every entrepreneur would like to have.
“But he had been depressed for some time, he had his problems, as we all have them,” he told Ansa.
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Just weeks earlier his wife told him she was speaking to lawyers about getting a divorce so she could start a new life with a man she had met through her work at a nearby shopping centre.
Accastello revealed his evil plan on the phone to his brother who called the police but they arrived at the house too late, according to local newspaper Torino Today.
Officers broke the door down of the family's villa only to find his wife already dead.
Accastello died shortly after police arrived.
The mayor of Carignano, Giorgio Albertino, told La Stampa newspaper: "Lately I saw him down in the dumps, thinner and much more taciturn than usual, perhaps due to the stress resulting from the family situation that Alberto was going through.”
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