Child Custody

4 Killed in Child Custody Dispute

According to police, a Virgina man went on a murderous rampage following a child custody dispute. The man gunned down his ex-girlfriend, their child, and another woman who had been acting as a mediator between the two, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, said police.

The Child Custody Dispute

According to reports, Traymont B. Burton, 21, shot and killed 19-year-old Adreena D. Gary, who had been trying to act as a mediator between him and his ex-girlfriend, Michelle S. Kelly, 22. He killed Gary outside his ex’s home, then went inside and gunned down Kelly, and the son the share, Keytrell Kelly, 2. He then killed himself.  Allegedly, Burton and Kelly were in the midst of a child custody dispute over the custody of their son, Keytrell. Police responded to a “shots fired” call around 8:21 p.m. When they arrived minutes later, they saw the gruesome scene. According to neighbors,it was a chilling scene.

Adreena Gary

According to Adreena Gary’s family, the community college student had been working towards a criminal justice degree and hoped to eventually become a lawyer. She was trying to act as a mediator between Burton and Kelly. According to sister  Andrea Gary, “Adreena was a fun, loving, warm-hearted individual who stopped at no end to help those around her.”

“It’s just shocking, and the lady used to keep my kids,” said neighbor Chantell Woolridge. “And the thought in my mind is, what if my kids were there?”

Michelle Kelly

According to Kelly’s sister, Shaheem Simmons, Kelly was a mom who doted on her son. “She was more like my sister. We lived together my whole life as a child. I watched her grow as a woman,” Simmons wrote in a Facebook post. “If you knew her you knew she was sweet, respectful, caring, drama free and a mother — a real mom.”


If you are facing a divorce, or a child custody dispute, you should contact a lawyer that can help legally protect you, as well as put together a case that can help ensure the safety of your family.

Source: New York Daily News, Four dead in Richmond custody dispute turned murder-suicide: cops, October 9, 2014

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