UPDATE: Vigil Held to Remember Hurricane Murder-Suicide Victim

By: Jennifer Rizzi, Randy Yohe Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi, Randy Yohe Email

UPDATE 8/26/12 @ 10:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Grieving hearts were held together by their shared sorrow Sunday night, when friends and family of Kate Taylor gathered to remember her life.

Police say the 34-year-old woman was killed by her boyfriend Wednesday night in a murder suicide. They say Chris Kinder shot himself after stabbing her to death in their Hurricane home.

Kate's loved ones held a candlelight vigil at Capital High School to honor her life and its impact on theirs.

"What I remember most about her is her friendship with everyone," Lisa Woo, one of Kate's former high school teachers said. "No one ever said an unkind word about her. She seemed to have such diversity among her friends."

The vigil was also held to help raise awareness about the serious dangers of domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is hidden behind closed doors...I think women need to come out and stand together to break the silence of what's going on," Jacqueline Bevan of the REACH rape crisis program said.

"Sometimes the signs are there and sometimes they're not and you have a normal situation and a normal family."

Michele Bush, director of Resolve Family Abuse, also attended the vigil. "It's an epidemic across our nations and in our communities...we all have to take a stand and fight together to end these crimes against innocent victims."

Family and friends say Kate's life will never be forgotten and will continue to burn in their hearts.

"I wanted to make this effort to come so that she will be remembered," Woo said.

Kate leaves behind a nine-month-old daughter named Ella who is now staying with grandparents.

Experts say if you know someone who may become victim to domestic violence, you should never give up trying to warn that person.

UPDATE 8/23/12 @ 5:25 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police continue to search for "the why" in a murder-suicide case that leaves a baby girl -- an orphan.

It all happened at an upscale neighborhood in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Police say a well-to-do drug company rep stabbed his live-in girlfriend to death before he shot and killed himself. Their baby girl was in the home but was not hurt.

“It was a complete shock -- that they were friendly, would wave to each other,“ said a neighbor.

The neighbors tell WSAZ they family they knew was sfun and friendly. Hurricane police say they had responded to previous domestic calls at the home of Chris Kinder and girlfriend Kate Taylor.

When they made a well-being check there Wednesday night -- they found 33-year-old Taylor dead from multiple stab wounds, and Kinder, 41, dead from a single self-inflicted shotgun blast.

Police say Kinder phoned Taylor’s mother before someone called 911.

”He said the door will be open -- and we're checking out,” said Captain Joe Sisk.

Neighbor Dave Straley says he knew Chris Kinder well and knew the avid body builder endured hard times when the recent recession began.

“The company he was working for downsized, he lost his job and split with his wife in 2010-- but bounced back,” said Straley.

“There's a lot of speculation there was an argument, a make up and another argument," said Captain Sisk. "Until we complete the investigation we will not have all the answers to it."

Police say Kate Taylor’s baby daughter, about 9-months-old, is now with the child's grandmother.

WSAZ.com learned that Chris Kinder had filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against a drug company he previously worked for. But friends say the couple had just restored a pontoon boat and we're getting ready to host a Labor Day party.

UPDATE 8/23/12 @ 10:45 a.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have released the names of the two people killed in a murder-suicide in Hurricane Wednesday night.

It happened about 10 p.m. at a home along Kelly's Cove.

Captain Joe Sisk tells WSAZ.com that Christopher Kinder stabbed and killed his girlfriend, 33-year-old Katherine “Kate” Taylor.

Captain Sisk says Kinder, 41, then killed himself with a shotgun.

Taylor was stabbed multiple times, according to Captain Sisk.

The couple had a infant daughter who was home at the time of the incident. A family member tells WSAZ.com the baby is now staying with a grandmother.

Sisk also tells WSAZ.com that police had responded to domestic violence calls at the house in the past.

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UPDATE 8/23/12 @12:40 a.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people are dead in what Hurricane police are calling an apparent murder-suicide.

It happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday night at a home along Kelly's Cove.

Hurricane Police tell WSAZ.com a man shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself.

The couple had 1-year old daughter, who was home at the time. The child is now in custody of Child Protective Services.

Hurricane Police tell WSAZ.com the man called a relative prior to the shootings, saying "the front door is unlocked."

Hurricane Police also say they heard the couple had been arguing earlier in the day.

No names have been released.

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HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hurricane Police are on the scene of a double shooting late Wednesday night, they tell WSAZ.com.

The shooting was reported just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at a home along Kelly’s Cove.

Additional details are unavailable now.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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