Vigil planned in Connecticut for mother and 3 children killed in Celebration

Connecticut community holding vigil for mother, two children

Family members found dead in Celebration were stabbed, report says
Family members found dead in Celebration were stabbed, report says

COLCHESTER, Conn. – A Connecticut community is mourning after the killing of a mother and her three children in a central Florida home near Walt Disney World.

A candlelight vigil is being held Friday evening on the Colchester town green for the Todt family. The gathering is organized by workers at Family Physical Therapy, which was owned by Anthony Todt.

The 44-year-old former Colchester resident was arrested last week and charged in the deaths of his wife, 42-year-old Megan Todt, and their children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4, in a rental home in Celebration, Florida sometime in late December.

Anthony Todt also faces an animal cruelty charge in the killing of the family dog.

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson has said Todt confessed to the killings and is cooperating with their investigation.

The bodies were discovered Jan. 13 when federal agents went to the house to serve an arrest warrant for Anthony Todt, who was being investigated by federal and state authorities in Connecticut for health care fraud.

Authorities say Todt submitted insurance claims for physical therapy services that never happened. They say he needed money to pay off personal loans and other debts.