"We knew exactly where you'd be. Exactly where to go to get you. You bored your squad shitless talking about your homecoming tradition. Picnic in the park, Frank? You really were your mama's little apple pie, weren't you?"
Frank Castle took his family to a carousel in Central Park. However, at the same time a trap was being set by D.A. Samantha Reyes to bring the crime lord known as the Blacksmith down. Reyes, through an undercover police officer, was made aware of a deal that was going on between the Blacksmith and three gangs, Mexican Cartel, Kitchen Irish, and the Dogs of Hell. Reyes, not wanting to risk tipping the police off, decided not to clear the park of civilians, including the Castle family. The Blacksmith did not show up; however, and as a result the gangs got nervous which resulted in in a shootout that ended up killing the officer and Castle's wife, son, and daughter.