Iraq veteran Bradley William Stone committed suicide after killing his ex-wife, five of her family members and gravely wounded another member of her family. Risa Vetri Ferman said that the ongoing trial for the custody over their two daughters might be the cause of this tragedy.
Bradley William Stone was found dead Tuesday afternoon near his house in Pennsburg, Philadelphia. His body was discovered in the woods and the cause of death was self-inflicted stab wounds. The search for Stone lasted two days and was conducted by Police SWAT teams. The authorities searched neighborhoods thoroughly and closed several schools in the area and warned the community that Stone was armed and dangerous. After the discovery of his body police officials were relieved that this spree of murders has ended. This was considered one of the deadliest violence acts in the region.
Details regarding this killing spree were released Monday morning which led officials to believe that the act was premeditated. The first of Stone’s victims were Nicole Stone’s, his ex-wife, relatives who lived in the town of Souderton. Patricia Flick, Nicole’s sister, and her husband Aaron were shot and then their daughter was attacked while she was in bed. Nina, the 14 year-old daughter of the Flick’s, was cut and hit. According to court documents she sustained massive blunt force trauma and lacerating injuries to her skull and face.
Stone also injured Nina’s brother, Anthony, when he was trying to defend his sister, but fortunately he survived by locking himself in a bedroom.
After the events in Souderton, Stone travelled to Lansdale to the house of his ex-wife’s mother where he killed Joanne Gilbert, age 57, and Patricia Hill, age 75, who were Nicole’s mother and grandmother.
This terrible killing spree ended in Harleysville where he killed Nicole Stone in her own apartment. Nicole was inside the apartment with Kayla, age 5, and Shannon, age 8, their two daughters.
The testimony of a neighbor says that after 5 a.m on Monday she heard a loud bang and glass breaking. After these events she heard the little girls shouting “Mommy, mommy, no!” and then a man’s voice telling the girls they have to leave that place.
After the events that occurred in Harleysville, Stone drove the girls to Pennsburg where he left them with a neighbor and asked the man to take them to his current wife. Stone’s widow and the girls are now in police custody for protection, according to Ferman.
Stone and his ex-wife divorced in 2012, but they have been fighting for custody of the girls and this battle was made worse when Stone found out that his ex-wife had a drug abuse problem. Also sources say that Stone was denied an emergency request for custody earlier this month on December 9.
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