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Spokane family shattered by double tragedies

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The death of Thomas Baroni-Abrego comes just seven months after the deaths of his older brother and two children. The death of Thomas Baroni-Abrego comes just seven months after the deaths of his older brother and two children.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane family is coping with the loss of a fourth family member in less than a year.

The death of Thomas Baroni-Abrego during Sunday’s apparent robbery comes just seven months after his older brother, Matthew Michael Baroni and his two daughters, were killed while delivering newspapers in Athol.

"Never would I have imagined that this much tragedy would plague our family," Baroni-Abrego's sister Catherine Abrego told the Spokesman Review. “But here we are drowning in tears.”

Last September, Matthew Michael Baroni was finishing a newspaper delivery route when a van, driven by Ryan Turner, collided with Baroni head on. Baroni’s two young daughters were sleeping in the back when the tragedy happened.

Detectives are still putting the pieces together in Sunday’s robbery that happened in an alley near N. Washington Street and Mission Avenue.

According to Spokane Police, Baroni-Abrego was found dead in an alley behind a business Sunday night.

"In a way it feels selfish to grieve when there is such horror in the world, but at the same time the attack in Brussels seems all the more personal knowing what the families who lost loved one are going through," Catherine told the Review. "Why do we have to live in such a painful world?"

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