2 victims killed in Mass. stabbings ID'd

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Authorities are trying to determine why a man went on a stabbing rampage in Massachusetts. (WPVI)

Authorities have identified the second victim who was fatally stabbed by a man who went on a rampage at a home and later attacked people at a shopping mall.

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Multiple people have been stabbed at a shopping mall in Massachusetts.

Eighty-year-old Patricia Slavin was killed, while her 58-year-old daughter, Kathleen Slavin, was seriously injured when Arthur DaRosa walked into their home while they were eating dinner Tuesday.

Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said DaRosa then drove to the Silver City Galleria and crashed his car into a Macy's department store, where he beat three women.

Quinn said DaRosa then walked to a Bertucci's restaurant in the mall, where he stabbed a waitress multiple times. She survived, but DaRosa fatally stabbed George Heath, a teacher who tried to take the knife from him.

DaRosa was shot and killed by an off-duty Plymouth County deputy sheriff.

The superintendent-director of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical School says Heath was a visual design teacher there.

Superintendent-director James O'Brien called Heath a "true gentleman" who had worked at the school for four years.

O'Brien says, "Heath was a tremendous educator with a great passion for teaching; he was influential in sparking creativity and a love of learning in all of his students."

Family members of the man who killed two people during a rampage in Massachusetts say he was mentally ill and has just been released from a hospital psychiatric ward.

Kerri Devries, DaRosa's sister, tells the Boston Herald her brother has been battling depression for years. She says he has recently been suicidal, and the "devil was playing tricks on him." She says he was admitted to the hospital Monday.

DaRosa's father, also Arthur DaRosa, tells the newspaper he was surprised when his son returned from the hospital Tuesday morning, but said he appeared "normal" and calm."

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