Father shoots son, daughter, commits suicide

Sunday July 29, 2012

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A spokesman for the Worcester County district attorney says a boy who was shot and critically wounded by his father, authorities say, has been in pediatric intensive care.

Tim Connolly, the spokesman for DA Joseph Early Jr., said Sunday he had no additional information about 9-year-old Owen Benway. Prosecutors say the youngster and his sister were shot by their father, Daryl Benway, who committed suicide.

Abigail Benway, who was 7, was killed. The bodies were found Saturday night by a family member.

Early said Daryl and Kelleen Benway separated three or four weeks ago but were still married. He said Kelleen returned home after the shootings, unaware of what happened, to find police cruisers and TV crews.

A spokeswoman for UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center would not comment on the boy's condition.


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