New York father and daughter found dead in apparent murder-suicide home

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A 14-year-old girl and her 51-year-old father were found dead Friday morning at their home in upstate New York in an apparent murder-suicide, the Baldwinsville Central School District confirmed on Facebook.

The 14-year-old was found in a separate room from her father, Christopher Wood, according to Syracuse.com. Both had fatal gunshot wounds to the head, which he appeared to have self-inflicted.

Ava Wood was in ninth grade at Durgee Junior High School in Baldwinsville, the district said.

Police discovered the bodies after a welfare check at the home after the girl’s mother said there was no answer at their door and Ava had not left for school. She told police she spoke to the father on the phone Thursday night and he told her, “This is how it ends for us,” according to Syracuse.com.

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Ava Wood, 14, was in ninth grade at Durgee Junior High School in Baldwinsville.
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“It’s difficult, to say the least,” Baldwinsville Police Chief Michael Lefancheck said at a news conference, according to WSTM-TV. “It’s not an easy scene for either of us to witness. Both the sheriff and I have been with the police for a long time and it’s not easy to walk through a scene like that.’

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Two days earlier, Christopher Wood had sent harassing text messages to his estranged wife and there was a separate stalking incident last year, Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley said, according to Syracuse.com.

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The Baldwinsville Central School District has implemented crisis counseling for students and canceled all after-school activities.

“It’s important to get kids to talk about their grieving experiences and what they need during this tragic time,” Acting Superintendent Joseph M. DeBarbieri said in a statement. “Counselors urge you to listen to your child’s concerns and questions. After you communicate this difficult news to your child, our counselors will be available to provide resources and strategies if you feel they need additional support. need.”

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He added: “We are a close-knit school community and our hearts are broken by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with Ava’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

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The Village of Baldwinsville Police Department did not immediately respond to TBEN News Digital’s request for comment.

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