It is being investigated as a domestic situation and now the Chantilly neighborhood where it happened is left to wonder why.
Fairfax County police responded to the 13000 block of Point Pleasant Drive after getting reports of gunshots.
They found 46-year-old Paul Parisi dead in a home there along with his 47-year-old wife, Jannine.
The couple's two daughters, both teenagers, were at home during the shooting. They fled to a neighbor's house unharmed.
Harold Dobbs lives right next door.
"Such close proximity. For something unexpected like this to happened, it's very difficult. Our hearts go out to their two girls," Dobbs says.
Paul Parisi has worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives since 1993. Jannine Parisi taught physical education and health at Franklin Middle School.
Neighbors say the family shared a love of sports and outdoorsy things, recently spending hours together on a basketball court they built in the backyard.
"They appeared to be a typical family, two active young ladies -- their daughters,” says Dobbs. “He was always out doing yardwork or working on projects around the house.”
Counselors will be at Franklin Middle School as long as teachers and students need them.
Principal Sharon Eisenberg released a statement which says in part, "Ms. Parisi has been a part of the Franklin Middle School family since 2005. She was a wonderful teacher, role model and friend to students and staff and she will be greatly missed."
Investigators have not released the cause of death. A neighbor reported hearing a woman scream and cry around 5 a.m. and then the gunshots.
Thomas Faison, a senior ATF agent, released a statement too. He writes, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members who have suffered a tremendous loss today. We request that the family's privacy be respected so that they can grieve in private."
The big question for neighbors like Dobbs, who has lived in the community 25 years, is why.
"There was nothing I think I saw as a neighbor that would indicate there were problems that would lead to something like this particular incident," Dobbs says.
The medical examiner's office will determine the exact cause of death.
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