A young child in Missouri was spared after her father reportedly shot and killed his fianceé, her son, and then himself. According to multiple media reports, a 4-year-old girl survived by pretending to be asleep after she heard gunshots. Meanwhile, her dad was doing the unspeakable in the other room.
Police in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri, have said that they found the young girl was unharmed after responding to a 911 call and checked on the family’s home on Hoyt Drive last Thursday, according to People. Local reports stated that the man told police they would find three bodies inside of the house, and then hung up.
Bellafontaine Neighobors Police Chief Jeremy Ihler recounts what happened: Just before midnight on Thursday, the child heard a first gunshot wound and found her mother on the floor. However, her father told her to go back to her soon, so she did.
“She heard several shots fired after that,” the chief told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Earlier this year, 31-year-old Katrina Banks had posted photos on Facebook announcing her engagement to Dornubari Dugbor, also 31, who has been identified by police as the shooter. But the happiness didn’t last when Dugbor shot his fianceé and her son, 15-year-old Kevin Johnson, from a previous relationship.
Meanwhile, their daughter continued to hide in her room and pretended to be asleep, according to the St. Louis Patch, until police came. After murdering Banks and Johnson, Dugbor called 911 before finally turning the gun on himself, according to KSDK. Police found Dugbor slumped on the couch, with his cellphone in one hand and a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol on his lap.
According to the police, it seems that Dugbor shot Banks first, and then her son after he came into the living room. However, no motive has been revealed for the murder-suicide.
Authorities said that the young girl is going to be turned over to relatives.
“It is going to be very imperative for this community to come together to assist this young baby,” Katrice Noble, a friend of Banks’, told KDSK. She added that Banks “had a lot to give to her family, to her community and to the world.”
(Image via Katrina Banks/Facebook)