Funeral planned for mother and 2 young sons murdered in Northfield, NH

Kassandra Sweeney, a 25-year-old mother who was killed with her two young sons at her home in Northfield, New Hampshire, was “born to be a wife and a mother,” her family wrote in an obituary posted online.

“Kass’s greatest joys in life were being the wife of Sean and the mother of Benjamin and Mason,” the obituary reads. “Kass didn’t have to look far for inspiration growing up surrounded by the love of her father, mother and sister.”

Sweeney and Benjamin, 4, and Mason, 1, will be remembered at a memorial service at the Bennett Funeral Home on North Main Street at noon, according to the obituary.

There is a consultation hour in the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sweeney was born in 1997 in Concord to Terry and Kristen (Goyette) Southwick and grew up in Northwood, according to the obituary. She attended Coe Brown Northwood Academy, where she was a well-loved athlete among many of her classmates, sources said.

According to the obituary, she had worked at Market Basket, where she met her future husband, as well as at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

“Family was the center of Kass’ world. She spent every available moment creating family memories, whether it was with her husband and sons, at her parents’ home, with her sister, or with extended family,” the obituary reads. “Kass spent many hours playing in the garden with her boys, sharing meals, decorating and celebrating holidays (especially Christmas with her family), and spreading love.”

New Hampshire authorities said Thursday they had arrested a youth on charges of killing Kassandra Sweeney and her children. No identifying information was released due to the suspect’s age.

Prosecutors said last week that Sweeney’s husband, Sean M. Sweeney, was “beyond devastated” by the killings and his cooperation with authorities.

The 3 Beautiful Sweeney Angel Fund was established in memory of Kassandra Sweeney and her boys. Contributions will be accepted at any branch of TD Bank, the obituary said.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.

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