A man in New Hampshire walked into his wife’s hospital room, shot and killed her, then killed himself just after posting an emotional Facebook message to friends and family. Mark A. Lavoie said he shot his wife, Katherine, “out of love” before killing himself at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.
At an afternoon news conference, hospital Official Greg Walker said that a “very sad and horrific event took place.” Indeed. But if you ask me, the horrific event is that the discussion took place online and way too late, obviously.
The FB post started like this:
“I want to start off by saying this is going to be officially ruled a murder/suicide when in all actuality it is a double suicide,” the Facebook post reads. “My baby was trying to escape the bi-polar demons that have been swirling around in her brain since childhood and now because of my selfishness in dialing 911 she is experiencing the only thing she feared more than her illness … life support on a respirator.”
The 178-bed hospital remained open after the shooting and Walker said services were not affected by the shooting. Counselors were being made available for staff, patients and visitors. Walker also noted that visitors in the critical care unit are restricted to small numbers of family members and the hospital has a policy banning firearms.
Friends wrote back, some pleading with Lavoie, who was 50, not to follow through, but too late. I guess Facebook is not the place for such an encounter to be dealt with. I think it’s the worst place – why wouldn’t you be contacting the guy directly, or calling the hospital – instead of replying on a social network?
Lavoie posted that everything he owns and his 401(k) should go to two people. He asks that friends take care of the couple’s pets and use money in his bank accounts to pay for funeral services, including organ donation and cremation.
“I don’t care what is done with the ashes but I know Kathy loves Damariscotta Lake,” he wrote. “Though a difficult subject I hope my family whom I love dearly can make some sense of what I’m doing though unless you have dealt directly with mental illness.”
He closes with: “Well in all the years I’ve been on FB I never was one for posting any drama. … I was due one. Love you all, peace out.”
Friend me on Facebook – if you dare. No one turned away.
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