Man Kills Daughter Before Turning Gun On Himself In Murder-Suicide!
2023/07/19

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A 50-year-old man named Donovan Halstead shot and killed his eight-year-old daughter before taking his own life. The murder-suicide occurred just days after the girl's mother filed a restraining order against Halstead. The Modesto Police Department provided an update on the case, stating that the crime was a result of passion. When the police arrived at the scene, they encountered Halstead, still armed with a gun, who claimed he would come out unarmed. However, moments later, gunshots were heard from inside the house.

Upon entering, the police found Halstead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and his daughter with a fatal gunshot wound.

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Despite immediate life-saving efforts, the little girl did not survive. The mother had divorced Halstead in April and had recently obtained a restraining order against him. A judge approved the order just hours before the tragic incident. The police department's Violent Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation, and court documents and social media posts have shed light on what might have motivated the murder-suicide.

Friends of the mother set up a GoFundMe page to cover the funeral expenses for the slain child.

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In social media posts before the incident, Halstead described his lifelong battle with depression and expressed his love for his daughter and ex-wife. Reports also suggest that the relationship between Halstead and the mother was toxic and abusive, with the mother fearing for her safety and the safety of her child. The police are currently investigating how Halstead obtained the gun used in the murder. 

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