I Just Don’t Understand!

By Shannon Gosney
In Lifestyle
September 26, 2009

I am on the verge of tears as I sit down and read the news for today’s online.  At the top of the headlines was this “Murder-Suicide Confirmed in Md family’s death.”  A home improvement worker and school janitor killed his wife and two sleeping children and then turned the gun on himself last week.  The wife (age 37) and 2 children (ages 14 and 7) were found in their beds.  His body was lying next to the bed in the master bedroom. 

There were no suicide notes left behind, but they believe financial matters may have been part of the husband’s/father’s motive.  Neighbors said their house had been on the market for over a year.  They also said they were scraping by, just like everybody else.

How can family and friends recognize the signs?  What can we do to help one another to avoid tragedies like this from happening?  My heart aches for those loved ones of this family.

Let’s make a goal to help support one another (whether emotionally or with physical goods).  We are all going through this recession together – some worse than others.  Whether you can provide a meal or offer words of comfort, you might just help someone get through the day!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

11 Responses to “I Just Don’t Understand!”

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  3. LyndiLou says:

    It’s always so sad to hear about tragedies like this. I appreciate you posting about it and reminding all of us to look around and see how we can help each other. Thank you!

  4. Wow, I didn’t hear about this, but it sure is sad news. I understand things are bad right now, but how bad can they really be to go that far. I can see killing yourself… ok, not really see, but kind of understand how someone could feel that way. But how could you kill your family.

  5. Really so sad to hear about. How each of us deals individually with our trials is on a WIDE spectrum of difference. I hope I can be in tune to my friends and families around me to prevent an instance like this happening to someone around me. Life gets tough, but we have to lean on each other to get through.

  6. Doreen says:

    The guy shot their dog too. Now, that is just crazy!! This has been happening quite a bit here in Maryland lately!! Tragedies like this are becoming more prevalant these days. There were two more stories like this just days ago on the news!

  7. Kayla says:

    Oh wow…
    Seeing those things always makes you wonder what’s the story behind the horrible action/outcome.
    My heart goes out to those poor people’s families.

  8. That is so sad.
    You’re right we are all going through this recession also, and sometimes it’s hard to remember that the small things are the best things.

  9. Just a few months back we had the same thing locally happen the husband killed his wife and his 3 chlidren. Very sad. I understand hardships Idon’t understand ending it all. To take your life is one thing, to take the life of your children and your wife is another 🙁 Sad

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