Tragedy has struck a young family from Bourne. A young couple from South Sagamore has died, leaving behind a 6-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.
Christopher and Michele King died unexpectedly last week. The Kings were parents to their daughter, Josephina (JoJo), and son, Miles. A family member, Nicole King, announced the couple’s deaths in a post at the Bourne Residents Facebook page.
“Our big brother, Christopher, and his wife, Michele, both passed away this week,” she wrote. “Their young, beautiful family has been so tragically and suddenly torn apart.”
Christopher King was a senior project manager at Atlantic Design Engineers in Sagamore. Michele King was a mathematics teacher at Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis. A letter from Sturgis executive director Paul Marble described her as someone “who has built excellent relationships with her students and colleagues over the past nine years.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the care, support and future educational needs of the children. Nicole King said in her Facebook post that the two youngsters “have a long journey ahead without their mommy and daddy.”
“Their road will be long and rocky, but they are surrounded by so many family members who love them,” she said.
Ms. King encouraged people to donate to the GoFundMe page, noting that the children have “their whole life ahead, so any help you can provide will certainly make a difference.” By Wednesday evening, nearly $113,000 had been donated.
Anyone who would like to donate can go to www.gofundme.com/f/chris-michele-king-leave-behind-jojo-miles.
Bourne Assistant Fire Chief David S. Pelonzi confirmed that rescuers responded to “a request for medical aid” for a male patient at the couple’s home on December 28. Rescuers were again called to the couple’s address on December 30 for the same reason for a female patient, Asst. Chief Pelonzi said.
The assistant chief did not reveal the identities of the people involved, nor the reason rescuers were called to the home.
“I cannot get into protected medical information,” Asst. Chief Pelonzi said.
Bourne Police Lieutenant Brandon M. Esip said there was nothing criminal about the deaths. Lt. Esip called it simply “a tragic set of circumstances.”
Massachusetts State Police responded to the scene along with Bourne police and fire personnel and the medical examiner’s office. A call to state police for information on the cause of the deaths was not returned.