Three members of a family are dead, including two young children, following a domestic dispute in Columbus, Ohio on Friday night
Alyse, 6, and Ava, 9, were shot dead by their father Aaron D. Williams, 32, befere he kiled himself in murder-suicide
Called to the home, after neighbors heard arguing on Friday night, police arrived just on time to hear further gunshots
Cops found the little girls suffering from gunshot wounds
Their father, Aaron D. Williams, was also found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead by suicide at the scene
The little girls were both transported to Doctor’s West Hospital where they were pronounced dead within half an hour of each other, early on Saturday morning
Williams had faced domestic violence charges in 2018 and pled guilty to reduced charges, before serving a three day sentence
The whereabouts of the children’s mother, Vanecia Shameer Kirkland, at the time of the shooting, has net been revealed
A Ohio dad with a known history of domestic violence went on a rampage on Friday night, killing his two young daughters before shooting himself dead.
Aaron D. Williams, 32, from Columbus shot his two young daughters girls in their apartment on the city’s Far West Side.
Officers were called out to their block at around 10:22pm on Friday when neighbors overheard arguing.
Responding police officers arrived just in time to hear gunshots ring out only to find six-year-old Alyse Williams and her nine-year-old sister, Ava, had been shot.
Their father, Aaron D. Williams, was also found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound according to the Columbus Dispatch. He was pronounced dead by suicide at 11:32pm.
The girls were taken to Ohio Health Doctors Hospital and both of them. Both girls died shortly after midnight within half an hour of one another.
Rembering the young victims family friend Erica Osborn said, ‘The girls, they were just so bright and full of energy.’
‘Every time I knocked on the door to drop a meal off or pick one up, they would come running. The first thing they tell you is that they love you. I just cannot believe they’re gone,’ Osborn said.
‘They were part of a loving family, and this was very unexpected. From every angle we could tell, their father loved them. I just can’t imagine. I don’t know how he did it. I don’t know how he was able to do this to them,’ she continued.
‘To lose everybody in one night…,’ Osborn said. ‘I can’t believe it.’
‘Our hearts break for their devastated mother, and all who loved them,’ Columbus police Chief Thomas Quinlan said in a statement on Saturday.
It’s not known where the children’s mother, Vanecia Shameer Kirkland, was at the time of the shooting.
‘Behind every badge is a human — a mother, father, sister or brother,’ Quinlan said. ‘And while we have a job to do — a job we signed up for — we hurt too. We grieve with these families,’ Quinlan noted.
He said he is working to make sure the officers who responded to the call have the support they need.
Williams had faced previous domestic violence charges in the past and had been charged by Columbus police in September 2018, with intent to harm and assault.
He pled guilty in October 2018 to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct under a plea agreement and was given a three-day suspended sentence.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the girls’ mother, Vanecia Shameer Kirkland, pay for funeral expenses.