Murder-Suicide; Signs to Look Out for in Abusive Relationships
Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant confirms the case involving two bodies found in a Pasco home earlier this week is in fact a murder-suicide.
29-year-old Monique Williams was found with a gunshot wound to the head and 36-year-old Aaron Newport was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The two were found side-by-side on a bed in the master bedroom of the home on Redonda Dr.
The prosecutor said it appears the two died Saturday morning.
The bodies weren't discovered until Monday morning.
Williams death is being classified as a domestic violence homicide.
Williams and Newport were in a relationship for about a year.
The prosecutor said they recently broke up and Newport was having a difficult time with it.
Erinn Gailey of Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties said an abuser typically dislikes not having control when a relationship ends.
"An intolerance to let their victim go, leaving is not acceptable and there will be severe consequences," said Gailey.
Newport entered Williams home through the dog door and it appears he shot her, then shot himself.
A hand gun and two shell casings were found at the scene.
It's not clear who the gun belongs to.
Williams had injuries consistent with defensive wounds.
Gailey said, if you are the victim in an abusive relationship, don't wait around for things to improve, get out and seek help.
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"If they are only allowed to be around friends and family if their partner is with them, maybe friends and family aren't allowed to come over to the house anymore or they start to pull away," said Gailey.
Gailey said reach out to a professional organization to get help for yourself or a loved one, all calls can remain anonymous.
She adds that we all share a responsibilty in preventing a tragic outcome like the one in this case.
"As a society, we need to look at not only how we are raising our girls and women to be confident and have healthy boundries, but how we are raising our boys because the truth is a batterer moves on to other victims when one partner leaves them," said Gailey.
Following this morning's autopsies, the bodies were released to both families.
There is no word yet on funeral arrangements, but there is a candlelight vigil for Williams tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. at John Dam Plaza.
The prosecutor said at this time, law enforcement is not looking for any suspects and it appears there is no case to prosecute but they will continue to investigate to make sure they have looked into everything.