Town of Sheffield begins healing after murder-suicide with community prayer, dinner

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A Berkshire County town held a community prayer and dinner Saturday night to begin healing after a family died this week in an alleged murder-suicide. 

According to the Pastor of Christ Trinity Church Reverend Erik Karas, the interfaith time of remembrance and prayer began at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Sheffield. The service was led by Karas and Reverand Jill Graham. 

Karas said a community potluck for healing followed the service at 5:30 p.m. The dinner, he said, was to promote healing within the community.

Three children and their mother were killed in what the DA’s office called a murder-suicide at their home on Home Road.

The woman’s husband, 41-year-old Luke Karpinski, allegedly killed his wife, Justine Wilbur, their 3-year-old child, and 7-year-old twins and then killed himself. The family’s bodies were found Wednesday after their home caught on fire. 

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