'This is how it ends': NY dad's CHILLING WORDS to ex-wife before killing teen daughter and himself
BALDWINSVILLEA, NEW YORK: A 14-year-old girl and her father were found shot dead at a home in upstate New York in an apparent murder-suicideon January 20. Baldwinsville police discovered the bodies of 51-year-old Christopher Wood and his daughter Ava Wood when the teen’s mother called cops to do a morning wellness check on Friday.
Her last conversation with Christopher had been a day before, when she claims he warned her, “This is how it ends for us.” Baldwinsville Police Chief Michael Lefancheck and County Sheriff Toby Shelley at a midday conference on January 20, Friday, announced the deaths. Lefancheck told WSYR-TV that the wound to Christopher's head appeared to be self-inflicted and the medical examiner and Criminal Investigation Unit needed to complete their investigation. The police will also be looking into if Christopher had a permit for the gun.
What happened at Baldwinsville home?
The police found Ava in a separate room from her father Christopher in their Triangle Place home in Baldwinsville, both with fatal gunshot wounds to the head. It appeares that Christipher's wound were self-inflicted. Police discovered the tragedy when Ava's mother, whose identity remains unknown, told authorities that her daughter had not left for school, nor was anyone opening the door when she knocked.
Ava lived with her father after her parents separated. Authorities are investigating an accurate timeline of the incident. The sheriff's office has said a woman made a 911 call at around 8.31 am to request a status check at 6 Triangle Place after her daughter did not show up for school. The woman said that the cars were still in the driveway and she told dispatchers that Ava was still at home with her father.
Christopher and Ava's mom were still married but stayed separately. Sheriff Shelley told reporters that they had been called to two incidents involving Ava’s parents in March 2022 and just days ago on January 18, 2023. In the recent one, Christopher harrassed his estranged wife over text while the earlier incident in March 2022 involved stalking.
The Baldwinsville School District statement
Ava was a ninth grader at Durgee Junior High School, in Baldwinsville and was quite interested in athletics. The Baldwinsville Central School District implemented crisis counseling for students and canceled all after-school activities after news of the tragedy reached them. The Baldwinsville school district sent an email to parents and staff as well. “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I inform you of the tragic loss of Durgee Jr. High School 9th grade student Ava Wood,” the email said. “We are a close-knit school community and our hearts are broken by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with Ava’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”
“It’s important to allow children to talk about their grief experiences and what they need during this tragic time,” acting superintendent Joseph M DeBarbieri said in a statement. “Counselors urge you to listen to your child’s concerns and questions. After communicating this difficult news to your child, if you feel that they need additional support, our counselors will be available to provide you with resources and strategies.”