Westport woman and seven-year-old daughter were found dead in their home on Thursday.
46-year-old Tracy Do and her daughter, Layla, were discovered around 4 pm in their Westport home. According to the Westport Police Department's Facebook announcement, Layla had been drowned, and Do had killed herself from “sharp injuries of torso and extremities”.
"This is a horrible tragedy, and the police department is keeping the family as well as the community that was so deeply affected by this in our thoughts and prayers," Chief Foti Koskinas said in the post.
Westport elementary and preschools were closed on the following Friday, instead offering mental health services to students and their parents following the incident.
“Police, first responders, public school personnel and students have been directly impacted by this devastating event,” Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said. “The entire community shares in their grief and sadness. Westport is a caring community and I know we will come together to support those who need to begin the healing process.”
Police remained at the sizeable rental house in Lyndale Park, worth around $1.9million, until late Friday. According to documents, there were issues inside the home, with the owner of the house filing to remove Do and her daughter when the relationship between the adults ended. In addition, Do reportedly destroyed the man’s belongings.
Do also claimed in an additional lawsuit that she worked for the man for many years without receiving payment.
Due to evictions not being permitted during pandemic lockdown without insinuating circumstances, Do and her daughter were allowed to remain in the house.
According to their neighbors, the mother and daughter duo seemed content and were known for their holiday decorations.
“They looked to be a very happy family,” explained one neighbor. “They had a very well-manicured home with extensive Christmas decorations that populated the entire lawn on a 2-acre lot.”
The investigation remains ongoing.
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