EXCLUSIVE: Daughter of Enfield homicide victim pleads for more help for the homeless

‘I hope that we cannot be as judgmental about it...’
The 56-year-old man’s daughter spoke exclusively to Channel 3 about the anger and dismay she felt after hearing that her father died.
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 12:08 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 12:22 PM EDT
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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) - The search for the killer of a man whose body was found in a gazebo in Enfield continues.

Christopher Kennedy was found back in August.

Monday, the 56-year-old man’s daughter spoke exclusively to Channel 3 about the anger and dismay she felt after hearing that her father died.

“Honestly the way that he died, nobody would expect that, especially since he was homeless during his last couple of days,” said Savannah Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy’s daughter. “How I found out is driving past the crime scene. We were not notified at all they didn’t know the identify yet.”

She said she had a sick feeling that it was her father.

“So, I called the police station and I said ‘you know I know my dad is homeless in this area, so if this is him, can you let me know,’” Savannah Kennedy said. “And then they sent two officers to my house that day to confirm it was his identity.”

Savannah Kennedy said she was still reeling from the grief. She wanted to speak out to let people know that although her father faced challenges in life, he was a special person and her first role model.

“He was very Intelligent,” she said. “He really loved to build things and he had a lot of innovative ideas.”

She said that her father was disabled after he was injured on the job years ago. She said he has had a hard time keeping a job because of his disability. He struggled with mental health issues and addiction.

“The last time I saw him, he actually seemed to have some dementia-like symptoms which took me back by surprise,” Savannah Kennedy said. “Because he didn’t remember much.”

She believes her father’s addiction issues and homelessness led to his death.

Now, she said she wants to see some change. She wants people to treat struggling people with more kindness and compassion.

“I understand how important mental health is, but you also can’t hold a job and be a contributing member of society if you are not physically well,” Savannah Kennedy told Channel 3. “I hope that we cannot be as judgmental about it and try to figure out what we can do about it as a community and start asking questions and together figure out solutions for that.”

Police said they are still working to find whoever was responsible for Christopher Kennedy’s death.

In the meantime, Savannah Kennedy said she hopes there can be more discussions regarding homelessness so families can have a voice.

“The heart of the issue being how as a society, we treat our disabled and how it leads to substance abuse, how it leads to violence,” she said.

The search for the killer of a man whose body was found in a gazebo in Enfield continues.
A woman is speaking out after her father was the victim of a homicide in Enfield.