The entire family found dead on Wednesday evening at around 8.30 p.m. in their Habourdin home in the suburbs of the French city of Lille, close to the Belgian border, was allegedly from Belgium, according to Sudinfo.be. It appears that the 41-year-old father, Olivier Piette, killed his wife and three children before hanging himself. He is thought to have worked in Belgium before being made redundant and money worries pushed him over the edge.
The fire service found the bodies of the three children, a 10-year-old girl and two boys, one 4 years old and the other 6 months, were found along with their mother, 40, and the 42-year-old father, in a small house in Habourdin, about seven kilometres west of Lille, on Wednesday evening.
The public prosecutor’s office has explained that the father hanged himself and “left a note dated October 16th, explaining his reasons. He mentioned heavy debt and being in huge financial difficulty.” An aunt and the childminder called the emergency services when they were unable to get hold of the family for several days.
According to Sudinfo.be, Olivier Piette was Belgian and apparently lost his job last year. Public TV channel France 3 has declared he worked in Belgium.
His partner, Séverine Schaar, was employed as a secretary in one of the village’s firms. The three children were found dead next to their mother.
Speaking to Belga, the Foreign Affairs office claims not to be aware of the case, which, according to one of their spokesmen, is quite normal since they would not be required to assist in any way. As such, they were unable to comment on the nationality of the family.