NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a home invasion in 2007 has become engaged.

Rick Healey, a friend of Dr. William Petit who has served as his spokesman, confirmed Wednesday that Petit became engaged over the weekend to Christine Paluf. There is no wedding date.

The Hartford Courant first reported the engagement.

Petit was beaten with a bat and tied up but managed to escape to a neighbor’s home to get help.

Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee) and Steven Hayes are on death row for killing Petit’s wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and his daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.

The last trial in the case, Komisarjevsky’s, was completed last month. Petit said then that he found some peace with the verdict, but there’s never “complete closure.”

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Lazybum says:

    Dr. Petit- I am glad that the CT court system was able to finally come to a reasonable conclusion so you could move on to the next step of your life. We all wish you well.

  2. Georgette Bergdorf says:

    Dr. Petit, I heard your story and my heart has ached for you. I have had
    you in my prayers and prayed that God would help you get thru this
    terrible experience and give you peace in the love that you and your
    family had together. My best wishes to you and your fiancee.
    Georgette B. of Ohio

    1. Toni T Re'al says:

      I couldn’t have worded it better! Have a wonderful life because you deserve happiness again!

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