UPDATE: 36-year-old Charneice Williams and 40-year-old Corwin Hunter have been identified as the husband and wife who passed away in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday. According to law enforcement agencies, officers responded to the 3200 block of Decatur Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. for a report of two individuals down. Reports say a teenager returned home from school and discovered her both parents dead from gunshot injuries.
According to investigators, the mother of four girls was shot and killed by her husband, who then turned the weapon on himself.
“Officers arrived and located an adult female and an adult male down and unresponsive in the home,” police said in a news release Thursday. “They had both suffered apparent gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.”
Richmond Shooting Investigations – A police investigation is ongoing after a teenager returning home from school walks into the home and finds the dead bodies of their parents Wednesday. According to WTRV News, “a teen returned home from middle school Wednesday afternoon to discover her parents dead in their South Richmond home.” The incident happened in the area of the 3200 block of Decatur Street. The incident is now being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide shooting, according to reports.
According to the Richmond Police Department, the preliminary investigation determined that the man shot and wife and then himself. The two were pronounced dead at the scene of the incident by responding officials. According to local news outlets, Richmond School Superintendent Jason Kamras identified two of the couple’s children as students of the Richmond elementary school. “Richmond School Superintendent Jason Kamras sent a message to Richmond School Board members to inform them that two of the children of the subjects involved attend a Richmond elementary school and that a team of mental health professionals would be at the school in the morning.”
From The Family of The Couple;
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts about my family members, Corwin Hunter, and in-law Charneice Williams on the recent Murder-Suicide in Richmond, Va. Written with a heavy heart, this was not the usual case of an on-going domestic violence relationship. They were together since teenagers. There are 0 records found in the 911 database or reported, but nonetheless it became one overnight in an instant. Odd as it sounds he loved her, his 4 girls, and spent a lot of time with them when he was there to the best of his ability. Due to his past history he struggled with mental health, though subtle, as he was very calm in nature. This act was completely out of character. No one could have possibly seen this coming, but sensibly when taking into account the recent passing of his Mother on top of life’s daily and marital demands they were struggling with one could empathically reason the cause. It’s evident it promoted a drastic decline in his mental health and complete loss of faith. While not an excuse, because everyone faces challenges, this was the horrible outcome in theirs, and this can happen to anyone of us left untreated.
In our community getting professional help for mental health is looked down upon as a weakness or something that lacks importance. An “I’ll get to it later” attitude until we have incidents occurring like this that expose the magnitude therapeutic services can render. Not only is it a maintenance for daily mental health, it is also a prevention in long term. No one knows what they are capable of doing until they actually do it. Often, by then it is regrettably far too late. The affects costs more distress than it ever will that office visit you won’t prioritize which could save your life and those around you. Therapy is not a weakness. It takes an immense amount of strength to face “the man in the mirror”. The therapist is only there to teach you the skills to see your reflection clearly. The rest of the work is solely up to you. That is the only way it works. YOU.
I encourage all in a relationship that you intently listen to your partners speech and examine their interest. It can be a key identifying marker giving you a peep hole into their state of mind. If you see or hear something that is “off” it’s your loving responsibility to encourage them to go get help, even if it starts as couples counseling if you, too, need it. When multiplying two toxic people it will amplify the situation, making matters worse. If your partner refuses to get help and you see signs it is becoming a safety hazard, then it may be in your best interest to seek help yourself. Whether that means alerting other family members and/or involving the legal authorities. It needs to be reported. Only you know the sensitivity of your situation, and if it is becoming more frequent or aggressive use much discretion in making a safety exit plan immediately. It’s what’s best for yourself and children, if your situation allows. If it doesn’t right now, then promptly create a strategy to make it.
Telling a person that’s in a fragile state of mind you’re leaving can be the very thing that’s the last straw, as they illogically view you being all they have. It can lead into hurting themselves, you, and others. Making a permanent decision off of a temporary emotion. Get to a safe location before voicing your wishes to separate either indefinitely or until they go get the help you all deserve to live a healthy life as a family. Do not be swayed or convinced by their pleas into going back home alone. If retrieving belongings always have a mediator with you or call the authorities. Do not delay on seeking help, as it can finally be too late for them and/or you. Do all you can to minimize the potential for something like this to happen in your life, because overnight in an instant it can.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 or visiting 988lifeline.org”.
“If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic violence call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org”
The identity of the deceased husband and wife was not released by the Richmond Police. Police asked neighbors with information to call an anonymous tip line at 804-780-1000. Suicide Helpline – The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 200 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
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