A murder-suicide involving two siblings and their father has resulted in their tragic deaths, as reported by officials from the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD).
David Lee Housden, 55, allegedly shot and killed his daughter, Kaylee Nicole Housden, 16, and his son, Alexander David Housden, 20, before taking his own life.
The incident occurred at Water Lily Circle on Tuesday morning, around 3:30 a.m.
The Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) stated that the mother was present in the home at the time of the incident and promptly called 911.
During a news conference on Tuesday morning, Winston-Salem Police Department Chief William H. Penn Jr. expressed the somber atmosphere in the city.
Kaylee, a student at Atkins High School and a member of the color guard, tragically lost her life, while Alexander, a junior at Winston-Salem State University majoring in Exercise Science with a Biology minor, also succumbed to the tragedy.
Tricia McManus, superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, announced the availability of a crisis team for an unlimited duration to support students, faculty, and staff.
“My sincere condolences extend to the family. When such a tragic event occurs, it profoundly affects the family and everyone acquainted with them, particularly our students at Atkins,” expressed McManus. Additionally, WSSU students will have continuous access to mental health resources. This incident marks the 43rd and 44th homicides of 2023 and is the second murder-suicide in Winston-Salem for the year.
If you or someone you know is grappling with suicidal thoughts or mental health concerns, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 to connect with a trained counselor.