Owen Benway, 9, is fighting for his life after being shot in the head by his father.
41-year-old Daryl Benway shot both of his children, leaving his 7-year-old daughter Abigail dead and his 9-year-old son Owen laying in critical condition. He then turned the gun on himself and ended his own life. Owen is still in critical condition at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
According to telegram.com, there were signs of problems in the Benway house. Daryl Benway had confided in his neighbor, Art Seale, when he was going through rough times. Seale stated that Benway had lost his job at a Providence bank a couple of months back. He also claims that Benway talked to him a couple of days ago saying that his wife had left him and moved out into her own apartment. Seale foud this very surprising,
“This was kind of unexpected,” Mr. Seale, 72, said yesterday inside his home. “I knew they were having marital problems. I talked to Daryl earlier (last week) and he was telling me she got an apartment in Worcester and they had split up. He was hoping it was only temporary.”
According to authorities, however, Kelleen Benway, Daryl’s wife, had left her husband about 3 or 4 weeks ago. Kelleen posted on her facebook page, “It’s about time I took control of my own life.”
“He opened up to me,” Mr. Seale said. “I never thought it would come to this. He’d have to have snapped. He was really kind of remorseful, he really loved her.”
When Oxford police got to the scene, they found Owen lying on the kitchen floor and Abigail and Daryl dead in the master bedroom. Daryl’s own brother, Shawn Benway, was the one to call the police after the incident.
There will be grief counselors at Chaffee Elementary School on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help people cope with this tragic occurence.