An Italian father threw his two children to their deaths from a balcony and then leaped himself while in despair about losing his advertising job.
shoved his 14-month-old daughter and four-year-old son from his sixth-floor Brescia apartment after an apparent row with his wife Elena More.
The 41-year-old, who lost his job 18 months ago, is believed to have also tried to force his nurse wife towards the window but she fought him off.
He then jumped off and died on impact, while his son, Samuele
, and infant daughter, Benedetta
, initially survived but later died from their injuries.
Turrini, who had no history of violence nor a criminal recorrd, had grown increasingly depressed as he struggled to find a new job, neighbours told police.
He is also understood to have feared losing his wife and his home as the family's situation worsened.
A neighour, Elisabetta, who witnessed the horror unfold, said she heard the screaming and then rushed down to the street to see what had happened.
When she saw the children, 'I felt I was still breathing. I tried to feel the heartbeat of the baby, but it was already very weak,' she told the Giornale di Brescia newspaper.
Later Mr Turrini's cousin Maurizio revealed that the man's father had committed suicide a year ago by hanging himself.
He added:''I can't believe it. I am in shock. I knew he wasn't working but I didn't think things were this bad.
'What did the children have to do with this ?'