Two young boys who saw their mother shot to death while she waited with them at a bus stop on Tuesday identified their father as the killer, telling police on Tuesday that “Daddy shot Mommy.” The tragedy, which occured during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, highlighted the problem of protecting battered women from their abusers.
The victim, 23-year-old Annie Glenn, had spent the night with her children at House of Hope, a shelter for homeless families, because she feared her ex-boyfriend Richard Kenney. Glenn and two other women had restraining orders against Kenney, who also had several outstanding warrants on drug and theft charges. In 1994, Glenn told police that she was afraid of Kenney because he told her every time she wanted to leave that he was going to kill her. Kenney, who was arrested shortly after the murder, was the father of the youngest two of her three children.
Tuesday night, a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence was held and the names of 20 women who have been killed by domestic violence in Massachusetts this year, including Glenn, were read aloud.