Wisconsin authorities say a man shot and killed himself after shooting his ex-wife and her daughter to death on Friday night.
John Hengst, 55, shot himself after killing 55-year-old Brenda Turner and 17-year-old Natalie Turner, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.
All three died from a single gunshot wound, but an autopsy showed that Brenda suffered from blunt force trauma to her face, neck, and torso, plus a fractured rib before she died. Fitzgerald said it was domestic violence, according to the Star Tribune.
“It’s domestic abuse straight up. There’s no dancing around it.”
Authorities said Hengst and Brenda were divorced last year, but all three remained in the house together.
Natalie was reportedly upstairs when Hengst and Brenda got into an argument Friday night. The 17-year-old had time to call police before Hengst came upstairs and shot her. He then went back down and killed himself next to Brenda’s body.
Friends and classmates of Natalie gathered outside Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School, where Natalie was a senior, on Sunday night for a vigil. Her friend, Kacelyn Keller, said the girl was well-liked and would be terribly missed.
“She was one of the most sweetest, caring girls I’ve ever met in my life. She was hard-working. She never had anything negative to say.”
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence constitutes 15% of all violent crime. Twenty people each minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.
If you or someone who know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) / 1-800-787-3224 TTY
Secure online chat: http://www.thehotline.org/whatis-live-chat/
National Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 / Text “loveis” to 22522
Secure online chat: http://www.loveisrespect.org/get-help/contact-us/chat-with-us