Parents of woman killed in murder-suicide by her boyfriend speak out
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office said Friday’s incident in the Montara neighborhood was due to a domestic incident.
Hannah King’s boyfriend shot him, then turned the gun on him.
Hannah’s parents told me they wanted their daughter’s story to help others stand up for themselves.
“She was 20 years old and larger than life,” said her mother, Lynette Grandstaff.
The parents of Hannah King, 20, said they never believed her boyfriend Connor O’Mara was capable of violence, until September 3, when authorities said he used a gun to end both of their lives.
“They met last year, Connor was a roommate of our neighbors when we lived in a trailer park in South Topeka and they became close friends, he was really nice to Hannah, curling her hair and painting her nails, doing manicures with her, and her daughter, ”said Grandstaff.
They say things changed when Hannah planned to leave Connor, changing her Facebook status to single and finding life arrangements.
“She was calling me and I wanted to come pick her up and bring her and go, and she was like, ‘No mom, I have a plan, and it’s going to be okay,’ she said.
“She had an apartment that she had rented to move into this month, and she didn’t want anyone to help her, she wanted to do it her way.
Hannah’s mother received a phone call on Friday that she hoped she would never receive.
“His dad called me from work because a friend of Hannah who found them called him and I was told to get there as fast as possible because there was something wrong. terribly wrong and I knew in his voice that it was bad, and when I got there his dad told me he was gone, ”Grandstaff said.
Hannah’s father, Geoff King, said Hannah told them that she and Connor were in trouble but didn’t think her life was in danger.
“She was like, ‘Daddy, they’re not that bad, we’re working on things and they’re not that bad, we’re improving and we’re working on it and I think she was scared to tell me the whole truth.’ said the king.
Her parents hope those who hear Hannah’s story will find the strength to leave an abusive relationship.
“Go, go, I had a rule all my life, the first time a man, another or a partner, the first time they hit you, they break your heart and lie to you, show anger, go, his mother said.
“Go! Things can be replaced, your possessions can be replaced, but there is nothing more precious than your life,” Hannah’s father said.
Hannah leaves behind her 3-year-old daughter who has just been picked up by her grandfather two hours before being killed.
There is a GoFundMe to support her daughter and donate to a domestic violence organization. You can donate here.
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