Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

7-year old girl killed and 9-year old brother injured by father in murder/suicide in Massachusetts

Owen and Abigail Benway, ages 9 and 7
A 7-year old girl, Abigail Benway, was found shot to death in a home in Oxford, Massachusetts.  Her father, 41-year old Daryl Benway, was also found shot to death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Abigail's 9-year old brother, Owen, was also found shot in the head, but alive.  He is now in critical condition.

Daryl Benway had recently separated from his wife, Kelleen, the mother of the two children with him.

Daryl had no previous criminal record, and he had a conceal carry permit that expired in 1999.

From an article:

A man who had recently separated from his wife shot his two children, killing his 7-year-old daughter, before committing suicide, prosecutors said. 
A family member called police Saturday night after finding the bodies of 41-year-old Daryl Benway and his daughter, Abigail, in the master bedroom of their two-story Oxford home, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said. 
Benway's 9-year-old son, Owen, was found shot in the head in the kitchen and was taken to UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center in serious condition. Owen has been in pediatric intensive care, a spokesman for Early said Sunday. He said he had no additional information about Owen Benway's condition, and a hospital spokeswoman would not comment. 
Benway's wife, Kelleen, returned home after the shootings, unaware of what had happened, and found a swarm of police cruisers and television crews, Early said. She was taken to the children's hospital, where authorities told her the fates of her children and husband.

(a related article, with the family photo via Facebook).

1 comment:

  1. Sadly this is not surprising. I just hope people will realize what this man did was an act of rage and revenge and don't come out with platitudes about how they never saw it coming.


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