Who Were D.C. Mansion Fire Victims Savvos, Amy, & Philip Savopoulos & Veralicia Figueroa? The Murders Shocked The Country
The horrific deaths of Savvas, Amy, and Philip Savopoulos as well as their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, was a crime that shocked the nation. On May 14, the bodies of all four victims were discovered after the Washington Fire Department responded to a fire at the Savopoulos' home. Autopsies revealed that all four victims had succumbed to injuries from blunt force trauma as well as sharp force injuries, indicating they had been stabbed.
The quadruple murder resulted in a Washington, D.C. manhunt. As of this writing, only one suspect, Daron Wint, has been formally arrested, though authorities believe more than one person was involved; four others were detained and released over the weekend. Much has been said about Daron Wint, the suspect who has been named and implicated in the crimes, but what about the Savopoulos family themselves?
The Savopoulos family were one of Washington, D.C.'s elite clans in more ways than one. A wealthy family that shared the same neighborhood as Vice President Joe Biden, they lived in a large home and had a secondary home on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as land on St. Croix. Their wealth helped them contribute to philanthropic endeavors: According to the New York Daily News, the Savopouloses donated over $100,000 to the National Cathedral School, a private Episcopalian girls school located in the D.C. metro.
Patriarch Savvas Savopoulos, 46, was CEO of the metal and construction company American Iron Works as well as CEO of Sigma Investment Strategies, a Puerto Rico-based hedge fund. His passion lied in martial arts, however. Savvas was looking to open a studio in nearby Chantilly, Virginia, less than 30 miles away. One of the last places that Savvas was seen was at the studio on May 13, where he and housekeeper Nelitza Gutierrez had spent the day cleaning up the building.
Amy Savopoulos, 47, was a devoted stay-at-home mother who frequently volunteered at her children's schools, hosted parties, and organized school events. The couple's son, Philip, was just 10 at the time of his death. He attended school at St. Albans, a prominent boarding school and college prep academy located in D.C. Philip was an avid go-kart racer, though he'd recently received a concussion from racing.The family leave behind two daughters, Abigail and Katerina. Both teenage girls were attending boarding schools outside of the area: Abigail at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania and Katerina at the Peddie School in New Jersey. Abigail is a senior set to graduate, while Katerina has just completed her junior year of high school.Housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa was just a handful of years away from achieving her goal of moving back to her native El Salvador after spending over a decade in the U.S. financially supporting her son and daughter. The 57-year-old's children had both graduated college and were pursuing careers in health and maintenance engineering. Figueroa leaves behind her two children as well as a husband who had been living with her stateside, Bernardo Alfaro. Alfaro and Figueroa had met as children but reunited in the U.S. after she'd moved from Houston to the D.C. area.
A funeral has been planned for the Savopoulos family will be held on June 1 at noon at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Catholic Church. Arrangements are still pending for Figueroa.