Homeowner Kevin Monahan, 65, charged after ‘firing unprovoked from his porch’, killing Kaylin Gillis, 20, inside her friend’s car after they turned onto the wrong driveway in upstate New York
Kaylin Gillis, 20, was shot and killed on Saturday night in Ebron, upstate New York
Gillis and two friends mistakenly turned into a driveway at a wrong address
Realizing their error, the vehicle was leaving the property when the homeowner started shooting at them from his porch
Homeowner Kevin Monahan allegedly fired several shots at the car without provocation
Monahan, 65, fired two shots from his porch at the car, one of which struck Gillis who was still in the vehicle
Monahan who initially resisted arrest, has been charged with second-degree murder
Kaylin Gillis, 20, and three friends were headed to a home in rural Washington County when they accidentally entered the wrong driveway in Hebron, New York
Three friends were headed to a home in rural Washington County on Saturday when they accidentally entered Kevin Monahan’s driveway in Hebron in the Town of Salem, upstate New York. Realizing their error the vehicle started leaving the property when the trigger-happy homeowner started firing at the vehicle.
One of the young women inside the car was shot and killed. The victim was identified as Kaylin A. Gillis, age 20 of Schuylerville, New York.
Monahan, 65, fired two shots from his porch at the car, one of which struck Gillis who was still in the vehicle, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced at a press conference on Monday.
‘This is a very sad case of some young adults that were looking for a friend’s house and ended up at this man’s house,’ Sheriff Jeff Murphy said.
Monahan has been charged with second-degree murder.
Kevin Monahan, 65, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, fired two shots from his porch at the car, one of which struck Gillis who was still in the vehicle. He has been charged with second-degree murder
Addressing to a group of reporters and Gillis’ family on Monday, the sheriff said the group of friends did not initially realize they were at the wrong address but that they had started to pull out when the homeowner allegedly began shooting.
‘While they were leaving the residence, once they determined they were at the wrong house, the subject came out on his porch for whatever reason and fired two shots. One which struck the vehicle that Kaylin was in,’ Murphy said.
Kevin Monahan fired at the retreating car from the porch at his house in Ebron, New York on Saturday
The young trio had mistakenly driven into the driven leading to Monahan’s house in Ebron, New York
Due to the incident happening in a rural area, the friends could not immediately call 911 for help.
The group had to drive miles to a nearby town in order to call first responders.
The Washington County sheriff said Monahan was taken into custody only after officers had a ‘back-and-forth’ with him.
‘He was uncooperative with patrols on the scene. After approximately more than an hour of talking back and forth, he was taken into custody,’ said Murphy.
‘This is a very sad case of some young adults that were looking for a friend’s house and ended up at this man’s house,’ said Sheriff Jeff Murphy on Monday
The sheriff did not comment on the weapon used but said investigators do not believe Monahan had any reason to think he was in danger.
‘There was no reason for Mr. Monahan to feel threatened, especially as it appears the vehicles were leaving at the time,’ Murphy added.
He’s currently being held at the Warren County Jail.
Kaylin Gillis photo], was inside a car that pulled into the wrong driveway in upstate New York Saturday was shot and killed by the homeowner who fired at the vehicle without provocation
The group had to drive miles to a nearby town in order to call first responders after homeowner Jeff Monahan shot at their retreating vehicle and hit Kaylin Gillis, [photo]
Addressing the reportedly, unprovoked shooting that led to the untimely death of the young woman, Sheriff Jeff Murphy observed, ‘I know for a fact that she comes from a good family. A very good family and I know them personally and she’s young girl that was taken way too young,’ Murphy said.
Friends remembered Gillis over the weekend as a gentle soul who loved animals. ‘Kaylin Gillis, you will be greatly missed,’ wrote Chuchay Stark in a Facebook tribute.
‘I’ve known you since your Barbie days with my kids. Since then, you stayed a beautiful, sweet, and loving person,’ the post continued.
‘You are still the sweet and most loving child I know. You love dogs even though we all know that one particular dog was mean to you when you were younger,’ Stark wrote.
‘Kaylin, rest easy, I’m sure Roxie Roo is beside you now while you are looking down on us. Thank you for all the fun memories you shared with me, Lipsha, and Loren. I’m glad I had the pleasure of getting to know you,’ the post concludes.
Friends remembered Gillis over the weekend as a gentle soul who loved animals
A GoFundMe has since been started by friends to help cover funeral expenses.
The fundraiser has brought in just nearly $82,000 of its $50,000 goal as of Tuesday.
‘What a horrible tragedy. My deepest condolences,’ wrote one person who donated.
‘I remember Kaylin from when she was a toddler hanging out with us at our sleepovers. My thoughts are with the family,’ wrote another.
‘I am so terribly sorry to read this devastating news. This is the second GoFundMe donation today by me to the families of young people who mistakenly went to the wrong address. Enough,’ said one commenter.
A GoFundMe has since been started by friends to help cover funeral expenses
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