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Pedro Panjon said he was “shattered” when he returned home from work to find a letter from his wife, explaining a tragic scene he encountered.
Danbury police said Sonia Loja, 36, killed her children, Junior Panjon, 12, Joselyn Panjon, 10, and Jonael Panjon, 5, in late July before killing herself. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the children died by strangulation while Loja died by hanging. Panjon said the horrific discovery came as a complete shock to him. He said he did not know his wife needed help.
In the days following, a growing memorial was placed at the front door of the home as many family, friends and neighbors gathered to mourn their deaths. The memorial included pictures posted on the front door of the children, who brought their father great joy. “Happy, joyful, sociable,” said Lanjon, describing his children’s personalities. “Normal, like any happy kids.”
Representatives from the state Office of Early Childhood visited the home four times before the deaths following an anonymous complaint about an illegal day care being run on the property, a spokesperson for the agency said. During its last visit on June 29, it appeared Lojas had shut down her business, according to a spokesperson for the agency.
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