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Two young sons were tragically killed by their father after an apparent murder-suicide on Friday after he had been let go from his job and could not find work, according to Baltimore County Police. In a statement released by authorities, 47-year-old Julian Roary shot and killed his 10-year-old and 12-year-old sons and then turned the gun on himself, ending his own life.
The incident happened in the small town of Perry Hall, Maryland, of around 30,000 residents. Residents in the area were stricken by the terrible incident.
Shantal Brown-Winn, Roary’s girlfriend, who is also the stepmom of the boys, stated, “This was a good man who just thought he couldn’t do it anymore because of the economy, the unfairness.” The father had been struggling with stable employment since the 2009 market crash, and had been searching for gainful employment in the human resources industry, she said.
Lisa Pulling, a neighbor of Roary’s, was seen sobbing by reporters after she heard the news. “A murder-suicide? Oh my God,” said another neighbor.
Investigators now believe the the man acted out the murder-suicide due to the anger and frustration he was feeling as he was struggling financially. Brown-Winn, who was in the home at the time of the horrific incident, told police and reporters that she may have heard firecrackers being set off outside her house close to midnight. However, when she went upstairs to check on her children, she found 10-year-old Ian and 12-year-old Julian Jr. in their beds with gunshot wounds to the chest and head.
Roary and his oldest son were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. Ian was confirmed to have died upon his arrival at John’s Hopkins Medical Center.
Brown-Winn also explained to investigators that Roary was let go under unreported circumstances from the Baltimore City Parking authority as a human resources manager, a job he held for 11 months. He had been bouncing around doing temp employment since 2009, she said. According to sources, Roary believed he was a, “victim of ageism because he was in his late 40s.” The revelation caused his demise and eventually the murder-suicide of his two sons.
According to his girlfriend, Roary was a good father who was very active in the children’s lives. She described her step children as, “the best kids in the world,” and she is shocked by the incident.
“Without burdening me and others, he just (felt) he was doing a good job and wanted them with him,” Brown-Winn said, explaining that Roary left a suicide note. Baltimore County Police spokesman Corporal Shawn Vinson told reporters that the father left the note that detailed his intentions.
The mother of the boys, Roberta Wheatley Roary, who does not live with them, is, “not doing well at all,” after the murder-suicide, said her cousin Rosilind Davis. “I felt when I moved here — boys need their father, and here we are…I guess he still has them,” said Brown-Winn.
By Alex Lemieux
NY Daily News: Maryland dad kills two sons in murder-suicide after losing job
The Baltimore Sun: Police: Perry Hall father kills sons, 10 and 12, before turning the gun on himself
Rolling Out: Father kills his 10 and 12-year-old sons in murder-suicide because he couldn’t find a job
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