Less than a week after the horrific school shooting in Parkland Florida, more tragic news emerge from another small town in America. A family from the town of Keego Harbor, Michigan, is dead after a mother murdered her husband and children before committing suicide, The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. A handgun was found at the scene of the crime.
Lauren Stuart, 45, killed her husband and two adult children before killing herself, authorities said. The four bodies were discovered on Friday after a relative asked police to conduct a welfare check. All had died from gunshot wounds, according to the report.
From the outside looking in, it looked like a perfect family. Lauren Stuart was a model and fitness trainer and her husband David was a data solutions architect for the University of Michigan. By all accounts, the gunwoman was a caring and friendly person.
Friends are telling the outlet that Stuart never got over the rejection from the religious community that she and her husband were raised in. Several sources told the Free Press that most former adherents face a “drastic shunning” when they leave Jehovah’s Witness.
“They were shunned every way possible. If Lauren went to the grocery store, they didn’t look her in the eye. When you are raised a Jehovah’s Witness, they choose your friends. They choose who you associate with. And if you go against that, they will dis-fellowship you, or shun you,” said family friend Joyce Taylor, who is also a former member of the religious group. Taylor said she was stunned by the murders.
Taylor explained that Lauren and her husband Daniel had a loving relationship and that Lauren attempted to help Daniel deal with his depression. The fact that at least one of the two suffered from depression raises the question of why Lauren Stuart had such easy access to a handgun.
Stuart had no apparent mental health issues and was a legal gun owner. Yet, that didn’t prevent her from running down her entire family. Perhaps more stringent gun restrictions could have prevented this tragedy.