Three young children were left without parents following a murder-suicide in Bristol on Wednesday.
Police said they've been trying to figure out what led to the shootings inside a home on Henderson Street.
They said 27-year-old Kyla Ryng had filed for divorce from 26-year-old Alexander Ryng less than a week before her young children found the bodies of her and her husband. On Thursday, the medical examiner ruled that Alexander Ryng died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while his wife, Kyla, was murdered. Both had gunshot wounds to the head.
In 911 calls released, Kyla Ryng's mother, who lives next door, told the dispatcher that her grandchildren ran into her home saying "Daddy shot mommy," and that police had been to the home recently for a well-being check on Alexander Ryng, who had served in the Connecticut National Guard.
The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence said the Bristol murder-suicide is the eighth in the state since the beginning of the calendar year. Karen Jarmoc, of CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said violence tends to spike when couples go through divorce.
"People get angry and feel rejected," Jarmoc said.
A close family friend, Chris Norton, said he is numb and that he knew the couple was going through rough times.
"We knew there was difficulties in the relationship, but with every marriage there's difficulties, no one expected a tragedy to this extent," Norton said.
Kyla Ryng's family is now focused on the couple's three young children all under 5 years old.
The family is making funeral arrangements, and they need help. Anyone wishing to contribute to funeral funds or to support the children can contribute to the fund called Its Kyla's Kids Memorial Fund, at C/O Farmington Bank, Bristol Branch, 475 Broad St., Bristol. All proceeds will go to the children.
A fund has been set up for the Ryng children on the website gofundme.com. A link to it can be found here.
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