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13-Year-Old Hero Saved His 4-Year-Old Sister during a Murder-Suicide inside Their Home

Laura Beatham
Jun 24, 2021
11:50 A.M.
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The victim and the gunman were the parents of two of the three children who were at home in Massachusetts when the shooting happened.


A 13-year-old boy heroically saved his four-year-old sister during a murder-suicide that occurred in their home. The teenager grabbed his sister and climbed through the window during the shooting.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early shared details of the case during a press briefing. He stated that the siblings escaped to the home of their neighbor, who then contacted 911.

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Police explained that as the children left their home, a man shot his girlfriend inside their Oxford house before walking into the family's backyard and shooting himself.

Early explained that the 13-year-old was a "pretty courageous young kid," as he took his younger sister into his arms, climbed through a window, and then ran to the neighbors for help.

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Another child, a three-year-old girl, was in the house during the shooting. Fortunately, she was not harmed. According to Boston CBS Local, the children were taken to the Oxford Police Department and will receive trauma-related services.

Another youngster also overcame his fear to save his family.

Police said the victim and the gunman were the parents of two of the three children, while the third child was from a previous relationship. One neighbor explained that they were a young couple ready to start a life together.


According to Early, both the victim and the gunman simultaneously called 911. Gunshots were heard during one of the calls. So far, the police have not determined a reason for the horrific incident.

During the press briefing, Early stated that the couple did not appear to have a history of calls or disturbance, except for a few calls when the family's rottweilers had gotten loose.

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The young teenager definitely showed bravery when he was able to stay calm and remove himself and his younger sister from the terrifying situation. Meanwhile, another youngster also overcame his fear to save his family.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, seven-year-old Chase Poust and his younger sister were spending time with their father on St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. when the siblings got stuck in a current while swimming.


The children's father, Steven, jumped into the water and grabbed hold of his daughter Abigail who was wearing a floating device. He told Chase to swim to shore to get help while trying to get himself and Abigal out of the current.

Chase swam the one mile to shore, where he knocked on the door of the first home he found and asked for help. Florida Fish and Wildlife and emergency services rescued the father and daughter after an hour-long search.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.


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