New York state father shoots 14-year-old daughter in suicide murder

Ava Wood, the 14-year-old from upstate New York, was reportedly shot by her father in a shocking homicide-suicide. (Source: Baldwinsville School District)

A New York state father is said to have shot and killed his 14-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself in a shocking murder-suicide tragedy.

14-year-old Ava Wood was found shot to the head and killed in a home in Baldwinsville, New York, on January 20 after her mother, Heather Wood, told police that she did not show up for school that day , according to the Syracuse postal standard.

Ava’s father, 51-year-old Christopher Wood, was also found at the home with what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities recovered a shotgun at the scene.

CNY Central reported that when Heather Wood called 9-1-1 This Morning to report her daughter’s disappearance, she told dispatchers that Christopher had called her the night before and ominously said, “This is how it ends for us.”

Heather Woods had also reportedly told the dispatcher that Christopher had recently been depressed.

“It’s difficult to say the least, it’s not an easy scene for any of us to witness, both the sheriff and I have been with law enforcement for a long time and it’s not an easy thing to have to go through a scene like this to do,” said Baldwinsville Police Chief Michael Lefancheck.

The Post-Standard reported that the mother and father have had two previous domestic incidents, although neither was violent.

Just days before the murder, Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley said Christopher sent Heather harassing text messages.

“It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I inform you of the tragic loss of Ava Wood, a 9th grader at Durgee Jr. High School,” the Baldwinsville School District said in an email to parents and staff following the murder. “We are a close-knit school community and our hearts are broken by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with Ava’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

Ava was a 9th grader at Durgee Jr. High School and played soccer and competed in track and field.

A prayer service and candlelight vigil was held in Ava’s honor on Sunday.

“We would like to begin by expressing our gratitude for the love we have received over the past 24 hours – it is the love and support of our community that will sustain us in the days to come,” Heather Woods said in a statement Saturday . “To Ava’s friends, classmates and teammates: Please keep sharing photos and tributes to Ava. She loved each and every one of you and we are grateful for the love you have shown her and our family.”