Clay County father kills 2 children, self while wife showered

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Clay County father kills 2 children, self while wife showered

Post by Justice4all on Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:53 pm

A Clay County man undergoing a divorce fatally shot his two sleeping children and then himself this morning while his wife showered, said Sgt. Dan Mahla of the Sheriff's Office.

Jerry Waite Whitelaw Jr., 49, killed his son, Kevin, 16, and daughter, Katie, 11, apparently as they slept in their home at 2921 Grande Oaks Way in the Fleming Island neighborhood of Margaret's Walk. He then turned the gun on himself.

Deputies received a call from Whitelaw's wife, Dana, shortly after 6 a.m. Mahla said she was in the shower when the shootings occurred and didn't hear anything.

"Obviously she is just horrified," Mahla said.

County court records show Dana Whitelaw, 47, filed for divorce in late August after 16 years of marriage. The records don't give details about why the couple was divorcing. Whitelaw's wife, a secretary at Grace Episcopal Day School in Orange Park, was seeking alimony and other support.

Read more: http://jacksonville.com/community/my_clay_sun/2009-11-03/story/clay_county_father_kills_2_children_self_while_wife_showered

Another senseless tragedy. I wish people who were going to kill themselves would do it without taking others with them. I can't see how a father could kill his own children.
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Post by JAG on Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:56 pm

I've always said if you want to commit murder/suicide, start with the suicide and then see how you feel about the murder. People have been known to change thier minds....

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Post by Justice4all on Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:09 pm

I agree Jag. I wish everybody who wanted to commit murder/suicide would start with suicide. To take it a step further, I wish all people who wanted to commit murder period would start with suicide.
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Post by JAG on Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:05 pm

Couldn't agree more!

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Post by Tracey6434 on Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:24 pm

OMG, I cannot imagine how this mother feels. I don't know if I could go on after something like that. Devastating, debilitating pain, doesn't even seem to describe it.

Is the entire world just going mad slowly? Unbelievable!
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Post by Piper on Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:32 pm

I agree, off yourself first then leave the rest of your family to live their lives without you. Because in most cases, they are trying to get away from them in the first place. Senseless.
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