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Bethel man serving eviction papers on day of shooting

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A beloved staple of the Bethel community, 76-year-old Charles Cristofalo, was killed late Friday. (WFSB) A beloved staple of the Bethel community, 76-year-old Charles Cristofalo, was killed late Friday. (WFSB)
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A beloved staple of the Bethel community was killed late Friday in what officials are calling a murder-suicide and on Monday, more  was learned on what may have prompted it. 

A 911 hang up lead police to a home on 11 Governor’s Ln. around 3 p.m.

Inside the home, 76-year-old Charles Cristofalo was found dead. Police said 68-year-old Ahn Cristofalo and 56-year-old Thai Pham were rushed to the hospital.   

As of Monday evening, Ahn Cristofalo and her brother Pham were in critical condition. 

Police said all three people had been shot. 

By all accounts it looks like the deadly shooting was an eviction that turned so tragic. Court papers show that Charles Cristofalo was serving Pham with eviction papers on Friday. 

Pham had lived there since 1994. The eviction process for Pham stated in August 2015 after the Cristofalos said he stopped paying rent. Pham was paying $450 per month to Charles Cristofalo.

The home on 11 Governor’s Ln. was owner-occupied, which meant the Cristofalos could live there while Pham rented a section of the home.

In the court paperwork, Pham claimed he was living with his mother there  and that he had been paying his rent on time. There is no mention of Pham's mother in the police report.

Charles  Cristofalo required cash payments and refused to give him receipts, Pham claimed in the court paperwork.  

I'd see Thai around in the yard, getting into his car," neighbor Lou Reda said. "Never really had a conversation with him." 

Police are still investigating who fired the shots, but right now, because of their conditions, nobody is capable of talking.  

"He was a great neighbor, we knew he was there if we needed him or he needed us," Reda said.

A sign that stated "We love you, Mr. C" sat in front of the home on Governor's Lane on Monday.

"He's been here for over 30 years, and he was a wonderful, good guy," neighbor Andrea Reda said. 

State police are assisting in the investigation. No arrests have been made yet.

Police said the Friday deadly shooting was domestic incident and there's no threat to anyone in the community.

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