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Muni Savyon Kills 9-Year-Old Son Joshua, Himself, at New Hampshire YWCA

Joshua Savyon

A New Hampshire man shot his 9-year-old son to death before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide during a supervised visit at a YWCA office on Sunday.

WISH reports 54-year-old Muni Savyon, a Manchester software engineer, pulled out a handgun and shot his 9-year-old son Joshua Savyon in front of a social worker at the YWCA Manchester office at 10:00 am on Sunday. The elder Savyon then shot himself dead. The horrific incident was recorded on an office video camera, the Boston Herald reports.

Joshua’s mother had just dropped him off at the YWCA before he was killed. Savyon and the woman, who is his ex-girlfriend, shared custody of the boy following their breakup years ago.

Rabbi Levi Krinsky of Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester told reporters that Savyon had been depressed after returning home from his brother’s funeral in Israel. Krinsky said Savyon sent a letter to a friend suggesting he was suicidal prior to Sunday’s shootings.

Police officials claimed Savyon had previously threatened to kill himself, his son and the boy’s mother.

“There’s a lot of sadness and also anger on the part of everyone involved that a father would take his son’s life for no other reason than apparently to spite his mother,” New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin told reporters.

“From what we know right now, no one saw this coming today,” Strelzin added, contradicting claims by Savyon’s ex-wife, Ellen Vig (not the slain boy’s mother), that he left what amounted to “a suicide note.”

“She had reservations,” Strelzin said of the dead boy’s mother, “which is why he was having supervised visits.”

The social worker in the room when the killings occurred was not harmed.

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