Wife filed for divorce before murder-suicide

Bristol police cruiser. (File)
Bristol police cruiser. (File)

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — We’re learning more tonight about an apparent murder-suicide that happened in Bristol Wednesday.

Police have released the frantic 911 call made by the alleged victim’s mother whose grandchildren ran over as her son-in-law allegedly began shooting.

“My grandchildren just ran over and said daddy’s shooting mommy, please hurry,” the grandmother says in the recording (audio included in package above).

An autopsy tonight confirms that 27-year-old Kyla Ryng died from a gunshot wound to the head. Her death has been ruled as a homicide. The death of her husband, 26-year-old Alexander Ryng, has been ruled as a suicide.

The couple’s three young children — ages 3, 4 and 20 months — were present in the home during the incident but in another room and were not injured, police said.

The 911 caller said police had been to the house the last several days for wellness checks on Alexander Ryng.

We’ve also learned that the couple was going through a divorce. Kyla Ryng had filed for a divorce just last week. A domestic violence expert said such action could enrage an abusive spouse.

“A lot of times some of the red flags that increase the potential for danger may be a recent separation filing for divorce, custody, or a retraining order,” said Geralyn O’Neil Wild of Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She says all too often people don’t know there’s help out there. “Our focus is to really just to get the word out that help is available,” Wild said.

A gofundme page has been set up to raise money for the children.

“We are setting up this fund to help the family of their mother (my cousin, Kyla Ryng) with expenses and to care for her orphaned children,” writes the page’s creator, Alicia Larsen Jennings. “No child should have to witness what these poor little ones did. Please help if you are so moved.”

As of late Thursday, more than $11,000 had been raised.

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