10 years later, shocking home invasion haunts Cheshire

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CHESHIRE — It’s been 10 years since three members of the Petit family were killed in their suburban home by two men who terrorized them for hours.

Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, were killed in Cheshire on July 23, 2007. Dr. William Petit was severely wounded but survived.

It’s a day seared in the memories of all involved.

Hawke-Petit’s sister, Cynthia Hawke-Renn, says on most anniversaries of the murders she suddenly wakes up around 3 a.m. and imagines her relatives’ suffering over the next seven hours.

Bank manager Mary Lyons recalls the fear in Hawke-Petit’s eyes as she withdrew $15,000 that morning, under the threat that her family would be harmed.

The killers, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, are serving life in prison.