Father Kills Son, Self; Kenneth Ayers Fires Gun At Ex-Wife, Mother Before Fatally Shooting Two-Year-Old Son

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 25, 2013 10:46 AM EDT

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Father kills son, self during domestic dispute Saturday. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A father killed his son, then him self in a tragic domestic dispute in central Pennsylvania on Saturday. Kenneth Ayers, the father who killed his son, then him self, got into an argument with his wife at his mother's home during a weekend visitation. Ayers had a protection from abuse order filed against him on behalf of his wife, Hollie Jo, according to Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic. He was, however, allowed to visit his son. During Saturday's visit, an argument escalated and Ayers fired a .40-caliber pistol at his wife and mother, striking his wife in the legs and arm, before fatally shooting his son.

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The distraught father placed his son's body in his truck but his wife tried to stop him from leaving the area. He shot her in the face and fired the gun at his mother again before fleeing the scene. Hollie Jo Ayers is in Altoona Regional Health System in stable condition. She is expected to survive.

The father who killed his son, then him self, drove off with his son's body in his truck. After the shootings at his mother's home, Ayers, police theorize, went to his residence in McAlevy's Fort where he switched vehicles, from a car to a truck. Authorities and family members conducted a search for Ayers but he was not discovered until several hours later in a wooded area in Warriors Mark Township, about 20 miles southwest of State College, Pa.

While state police were not available to discuss the case of the father killing his son, then him self, Huntingdon County Coroner Paul Shraum told the Altoona Mirror autopsies of Ayers and his son would be conducted today.

The autopsies will include toxicology tests that would reveal if Ayers was under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Saturday morning, Shraum said.

"Words can't describe the scene ... heartbreaking," Zanic told The Altoona Mirror.

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