MANCHESTER MURDER-SUICIDE: Muni Savyon killed his nine-year-old son Joshua Savyon before killing himself in an apparent murder-suicide at a YWCA office Sunday during a supervised visitation. An adult supervisor was present when Muni Savyon, a New Hampshire software engineer, took out a handgun and shot his son and then himself around 10 a.m. Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
The father sent an email to a friend suggesting he was suicidal before the shootings, said Rabbi Levi Krinsky of Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester. Krinsky said Savyon had been depressed after recently returning from his brother’s funeral in Israel but he had seen him last week and had no concerns he would harm himself or someone else.
“What would provoke him to take his life and his son’s life? I don’t think anyone can figure that out,” said Krinsky, who said Savyon attended synagogue occasionally. “My heart goes out to the family.”
On Sundays, the YWCA is open for supervised child visitation and custody exchanges. Krinsky said the man and the boy’s mother shared custody of the boy after parting ways years ago. The couple’s marital status wasn’t clear; Krinsky said the couple were divorced, but law enforcement officials said the two were separated.
WMUR is reporting Muni Savyon unsuccessfully ran for three times for state representative as a Republican, including a special-election loss in Feb. 2012, and was also active in Libertarian activities and events. Muni Savyon had previously threatened to kill his wife, son and himself. Well, if someone threatens to commit such a heinous act, chances are they will do it one day. An innocent child was caught in the middle of a sad situation. May his soul rest in peace. Joshua Savyon didn’t deserve this.
On another note, it’s interesting that words such as ‘distraught’ and going through a ‘very difficult battle over his son’ are being used to somehow find reasons to justify his actions. Had this been a black man, the words ‘thug’ and ‘absentee dad’ and all manner of names would be throw around. I wonder if Bill O’Reilly will rail against this unspeakable and despicable act of violence against an innocent child? Muni Savyon took the easy way out and he selfishly ended his son’s life.