HEMPSTEAD, NY -- Nassau County Police are investigating a deadly hammer attack that involved a former University of Tampa volleyball player and her mother along with another woman Saturday.

The attack happened on New York's Long Island when Melissa Vanderhall and her mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall and Janel Simpson, a visitor, were battered to death.

A fourth person was able to escape the attack and alert police and Vanderhall's brother, 34-year-old Bobby Vanderhall, has been arrested in connection with the murder. He is accused of breaking into the home with the hammer prior to attacking them.

He has a history of emotional issues, according to the Nassau County Police and his mom had a protective order filed against him.

For more information, read the Tampa Bay Times article.

Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the 10 News app now.

Have a news tip? Email tips@wtsp.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.