– The Associated Press

NASHUA, N.H. – Bill and Eleanor Grant had been married for more than 60 years and lived in their tidy Nashua home for the past quarter century — the same home where they were stabbed to death late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Nashua police and the Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday the couple’s deaths are being investigated as homicides; both died of multiple stab wounds. Police continued to investigate clues to who killed the 83-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife, who was said to be ill recently.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, who is heading the investigation, said authorities were not releasing any further information at this time.

The couple’s daughter, 51-year-old Carol Ann Hilt, told The Associated Press in a quavering voice that she couldn’t talk about her parents, not yet. Her father had been in the construction business and once owned a siding company called Siding by BG.

A home health aide discovered the bodies around midday Monday at their home in the working-class neighborhood, and called police. Some neighbors, upon learning that the couple was killed, said they hoped it was a random act and not someone in their midst.

“It was a real shock,” said next door neighbor Linda Jones. “There’s no reasoning behind it. I have to imagine it’s random. It’s just the ‘not knowing’ now.”

Her spouse, Jennifer Hanlon, has lived in the apartment they now share for 10 years.

“I never would have imagined it in this neighborhood,” Hanlon said.