Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article noted statements from Dustin McMahon's superintendent and employer and did not include the time frame the statements were received. These statements, and all information associated with it, were received prior to the ruling of this case as a murder-suicide.
The New York State Police have released more information regarding the two people found dead, inside a home in Schoharie County, this week.
State Police announced autopsies had been completed.
Christina Arvidson, 31, died of a gunshot wound to the head — her manner of death has been ruled a homicide — and Dustin McMahon, 24, died of a similar feat — his manner of death has been ruled a suicide.
The bodies of Bach and McMahon, both of Richmondville, were found on Rossman Valley Road in Summit on Tuesday. They were said to have died overnight Monday, with State Police calling their deaths “suspicious.”
Christina's mother, Sharon Bach, described her daughter as “kind, decent and loving,” in a phone interview with Spectrum News.
According to Sharon, Christina was recently divorced with three young children. She owned and operated a photography company; clients raved about the quality of her work when contacted.
The location where Christina's family gathered to plan her funeral was in Saugerties where she grew up.
The Bach Family released a statement around noon on Thursday.
“Christina was a bright light. A strong, loving, hard-working and loyal mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. A gifted photographer, she captured the most precious moments of countless lives, instantly putting family’s at ease with her infectious sense of humor and down-to-earth personality," said the statement.
The statement also mentioned the Bach Arvidson Children Trust Fund had been established at Sawyer Saving bank in Saugerties for Christina’s children.
McMahon worked for a construction company. He went to school at Charlotte Valley's Central School in Davenport, and graduated in 2012. Superintendent James Harter said grief counselors were made available this week.
McMahon left behind his younger brother, an attendee at the Charlotte Valley School, said Harter.
This is the second tragedy that this family has dealt with, according to Harter. McMahon’s older brother died several years ago in a car crash.
The superintendent spoke with Spectrum News prior to the State Police ruling this a murder-suicide, and described McMahon as “bright, intelligent and sharp,” and added he was well liked by his peers. Many of his friends are flying in from around the country.
McMahon’s employer, Morton Buildings, sent Spectrum News a statement — which was received prior to the ruling of the case as a murder-suicide.
"All of us at Morton Buildings are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and crewman, Dustin McMahon. Dustin was a hard-working, respected member of our crew and made an impact on everyone he worked with. He will be missed,” said the statement.
Spectrum News has reached out to McMahon’s family as well but have not been able to reach them. State Police will continue to invetsigate what led to the murder-suicide.