A mother and daughter in Kansas are dead in an apparent murder-suicide perpetrated by the mother’s husband, authorities said.
29-year-old Kristy C. Thow and her mother, 50-year-old Penny Smith, both died at the hospital following the “domestic shooting” at Smith’s home in Kansas City just before 11 p.m. on May 18, according to multiple press releases provided by the Kansas City Police Department.
A third victim, who was not identified by police, was treated at a local hospital and has been released.
Smith’s husband, 51-year-old Christopher Smith, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help raise funds towards Thow’s surviving daughter’s college fund and to support other remaining family members.
“Kristy was a single mom, raising Camilla and helping raise her sisters children,” reads the fundraiser, created by a woman identifying herself as Kristy’s aunt. “She had a heart of gold and lived life to the fullest! She will be missed.”
The fundraiser goes on to state how Kristy was “shot multiple times protecting the life of her sister and her mom, my sister, from a crazed domestic abuser.”
According to the fundraiser, Smith is survived by two other daughters and three grandchildren.
The incident remains under investigation by the KCKPD.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. All callers to the TIPS Hotline can remain anonymous.