NEW YORK : New York State Police say the two boys and their mother were shot dead by the kids' father, as answers became available Friday about the grisly Pakistani family tragedy that has captivated the small town of Pleasant Valley in upstate New York and beyond the region. Police annouced at an evening press conference that the tragedy was the result of a murder-suicide perpetrated by Abbas Lodhi, a 49 year-old pharmacist.  They said he killed his wife, Sarwat Lodhi, 43, at a location in the Town of Wappinger, where her body was found today near the Dutchess County Airport.  Abbas Lodhi and his two sons -- Mujtabah Lodhi, 13, and Zain Lodhi, 9 --each died of a shotgun wound to the chest, according Dutchess County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kari Reiber.

 The Lodhi family lived in rural Goshen in Orange County for about a year and a half. They moved out in August, but people there still remember them fondly, according to media reports.

"I think it's heartbreaking what's happened to this family and I think that we're all touched by it. We all have our own families," said Captain John Ryan of New York State Police.

On Thursday, an Eyewitness found the bodies of Abbas Lodhi and his 9-year-old son Zain in a car at a supermarket parking lot in Pleasant Valley, about 75 miles from the New York City. Police later found the boy's older brother Mujtabah at the family's townhouse nearby. Investigators say the father murdered his entire family before killing himself.

The search for answers led to Lodhi's Pharmacy in Hyde Park, which he closed just a few weeks ago.

Regular customers say he spoke of money trouble and family turmoil.

"He said he was getting tired of it. That he was having money problems.  And that was one of the reasons he wanted to get out of here," an unnamed customer was quoted as saying in media reports.

The Arlington Central School District, where the boys were enrolled, said it was providing grief counselling for schoolmates and staff.

The investigation into what was behind the killings was continuing with reviews of computer files, GPS records and other evidence, State Police Trooper Melissa McMorris

"I don't believe we have a motive or a note yet," she said.

Authorities say the parents moved from Pakistan during the 1990s and became US citizens. Abbas Lodhi was a state-licensed pharmacist since

1993 and recently closed his pharmacy in Hyde Park, New York. Police were still piecing together the series of events, but McMorris said Abbas Lodhi's cellphone signal was placed near where his wife's body was found at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.