A Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a horrific 2007 home invasion and fire has remarried. Dr. William Petit wed 34-year-old photographer Christine Paluf yesterday. About 300 people attended the ceremony in West Hartford and reception in Simsbury, said a friend and family spokesman. Paluf met Petit while working as a volunteer for the Petit Family Foundation, a charity set up by Dr. Petit in memory of his family after the killings. The foundation helps educate young people, improve the lives of those with chronic illnesses, and protect those affected by violence.
Two men, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, are awaiting execution for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 17-year-old Hayley Petit, and 11-year-old Michaela Petit inside their suburban home. Hawke-Petit's mother, Marybelle Hawke, has said her family welcomed the engagement and encouraged Petit to find peace and joy in his life. Hawke-Petit's sister was among the wedding guests, and a blessing written by Hawke-Petit's father, the Rev. Richard Hawke, was read at the wedding.