Grandmother shot disabled granddaughter, 14, dead before killing herself
A grandmother shot her severely disabled granddaughter dead before turning the gun on herself.
Julia Cash-Owens, 63, slaughtered Aurelia Castillo, 14, at her home in Shelbyville, east of Louisville, Kentucky, Monday.
Police called to the bloodbath found Cash-Owenss already dead.
Aurelia, who was wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy, was rushed to hospital but sadly died shortly after.
Cops said the killing was being treated as a domestic matter, but have not released a motive.
An unconfimed Facebook comment under a tribute post claimed that Cash-Owens committed the murder-suicide because she ‘could not stand seeing her granddaughter suffer any longer.’
Cash-Owens lived at the neat bungalow with Samantha, Aurelia and Samantha’s younger son. Samantha was too upset to speak in the wake of the tragedy.
Afterwards, her son posted a note on social media, obtained by WAVE3.
It read: ‘I want to sincerely thank everyone for the kind messages.
‘We still don’t know what actually occurred yesterday.
‘I know that I lost my wonderful mother and beautiful niece.
‘My mother spent her entire life helping underprivileged children.
‘She retired and took care of her mother and grandchildren.
‘She spent everyday caring for my niece, Aurelia, who had severe Cerebral Palsy.
‘She also was raising my nephew, w/ special needs.
‘This is also the same woman who went to bed hungry when I was younger so her kids could eat.
‘I’m so heartbroken that this has occurred.
‘I never got to say to my mom. Today, I’m choose to celebrate her life.’