TOWSON, Md. - They seemed like an ideal Long Island family: William Parente was a lawyer, his wife Betty a stay-at-home mom active in the community. Their daughters were well-liked by teachers and classmates. They lived in a neighborhoodof million-dollar homes in Garden City, N.Y., next to a golf course. William, 59, was a tax and estate planning attorney who commuted to his Manhattan office. Betty, 58, volunteered. They were in Maryland to visit older daughter Stephanie, 19, a sophomore at Loyola College in Baltimore. With them was her sister, Catherine, 11, a sixth-grader at Garden City Middle School.[Excerpt from Associated Press April 21, 2009]
On Monday, after they failed to check out of their room on time, a housekeeper found their bodies. Baltimore County police said they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide. “In the last few months, she said, "there's a clear rash" of such killings,” stated Kristen Rand, legislative director for the center, a nonprofit gun control advocacy group. Richard Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania claims, “They can be tied to the nation's
I was ashamed not to be more shocked and horrified when I was first made aware of the incident. I then realized that it was because I identify with this man. If my god decided to leave me, I would probably end it all too, and since I wouldn’t want to hurt my family, I’d have to take them with me. I am still not shocked, but I have grown more horrified: not at William Parente, but at human nature (specifically my own). I can only thank my God for His grace that sustains me and His Holy Presence which will never leave or forsake me. Lord, have mercy on us all.