When Lesli Kelly met her ex-husband, she was expecting to receive the gifts he had bought for the children.
The NY Post reports that the Pennsylvania woman met her ex-husband, William Kelly, in the parking lot at her work, a Penn State satellite campus. He arrived with the wrapped presents and, unbeknownst to her, a gun.
The two talked briefly before William pulled the gun on the 49-year-old woman, allegedly shooting her multiple times until she was dead. Police said William turned the gun on himself after he watched his ex-wife fall to the ground.
Two students and a custodian watched the horrifying murder-suicide take place. State police Lt. Eric Hermick said of the incident:
“We’re getting indications that there was domestic issues, child support issues, and we’re also getting information that he was harassing her.”
Hermick said Lesli had filed multiple harassment complaints about her ex with campus police, but she never filed an order of protection.
Lesli’s family verified that the harassment and abuse had been an issue before she was killed. According to WTAE, the family said William suffered from a “severe mental illness.”
Lesli’s father, Donald Stone, was worried about his daughter’s safety long before her divorce. He said:
“He was an alcoholic. He was very abusive and he owned a lot of guns,” Stone said.
Lesli’s fiancé, John Ward, told WTAE that he and Lesli had made at least 50 reports against her ex-husband for intimidation and harassment:
“We told every cop, every judge, the lawyers, people we worked with. Everyone that knew us knew that we were in fear for her safety. And nobody would lift a finger.”
Ward, who lived and worked with Lesli, saw her death take place. Her said:
“I will never forgive the man that murdered her right in front of my eyes.”
As WTAE reports, Lesli’s family believes William’s motive was an upcoming court date about the dad’s failure to make his child support payments.
The couple shared custody of their 12-year-old and 14-year-old children, and also had an 18-year-old child together.
Sadly, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 72 percent of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; and 94 percent of the victims of these murder-suicides are female. If you or someone you know is suffering from Domestic Violence you can call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
Watch WTAE’s report below: