Saturday night a family member of 41-year-old Daryl Benway found the bodies of Benway and his seven-year-old daughter Abigail shot dead in the master bedroom of their home in Oxford, Massachusetts. Benway’s nine-year-old son was also found shot in the head in the kitchen and was rushed to UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.
Benway’s brother apparently found the bodies and called 911. A short time later, Unaware of what had happened, Daryl’s wife arrived home to find police cars and TV crews sitting outside the home. The two had separated a few weeks ago.
Apparently in addition to being separated from his wife Benway was also unemployed, having recently lost his job. His wife had moved out three or four weeks ago, getting an apartment in Worcester. Shortly before noon yesterday Mrs Benway posted “It’s about time I took control of my own life” on her FB page. Neighbors also say that they heard her car leave the home in a hurry yesterday afternoon according to the Telegram.
One of the things I quit doing last year (with rare exceptions) was to stop posting links to the personal pages on social networking sites. It’s in rather bad taste and usually some of their victims (including family members) are linked from them. Unfortunately I guess this is something the mainstream media is now getting into because at least one of the major outlets in Massachusetts has posted Benway’s Facebook page where there are now appearing lots of comments from people who have nothing to do with the family. I’ve already left a couple of nasty comments for the douchebags at one of the news sites, although I’m sure they’ll be deleted soon.
Several of the comments on his page from his friends express the fact that they think he was innocent. Police are currently saying that he did shoot his children and then himself.