updated 12/02/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/02/2010 AT 1:05 PM ET
Dr. William Petit Jr. told a packed Connecticut courtroom on Thursday how his life was shattered forever the night his wife and two daughters were murdered during a July 2007 home invasion, calling that night “my own personal Holocaust.”
“I lost my entire family,” Dr. Petit, speaking for nearly 30 minutes, said as part of his victim-impact statement. “I lost shared records of our entire lives together due to the fire. Plus I lost my past and my future.”
Hayes and Joshua Komiserjevsky, 30, stood accused of holding the Petit family hostage for hours before setting the house on fire on July 23, 2007. Dr. Petit’s wife, Jennifer-Hawke-Petit, 47, was strangled to death and his daughters, Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17, died of smoke inhalation. Komiserjevsky goes on trial for the crimes next year.