DIAMOND POINT, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A murder suicide in Warren County left a married couple dead, and their three children without their parents.
Kim Barnes was a mother of three, who police said was trying to escape a violent relationship. Studies show 18,000 women have been killed by men in domestic disputes since 2003.
Now, those close to Barnes said they hope people in similar situations know to ask for help.
Joelle Scally worked as a nurse with Barnes. She remembered Barnes as a strong, independent and happy woman. Scally said she never thought her friend would be murdered.
“I really don’t think many people knew,” she said. “She was a very private person when it came to her home life and what was going on.”
Police said Barnes recently moved out of her home on Thunderbird Road in Diamond Point with her three daughters. Police said she returned on Tuesday to get some belongings. That’s when police said Barnes’s husband, David, shot her before turning the gun on himself.
Warren County Sheriff Bud York said anyone in a domestic violence situation can call police if they feel they are in danger.
“We also offer if there are people that are separating, we will send our officer to go in with one of the family members to retrieve their items,” he said.
Meg Myers with the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program in Mechanicville said potential victims should always keep their safety in mind first and to bring someone with you.
“You never really know when that person can just snap,” she said.
Sheriff York said his office will take a report even if they respond to a domestic violence call and everything seems okay.
“We wouldn’t just leave,” he said. “If they say everything is fine, we wouldn’t just leave. We go in the house. We go in mind to talk to the person that made the call and make sure they are not injured or hurt.”
Scally hopes others will hear about what happened to Barnes and know that it’s okay to ask for help.
“If you even have an inkling that something is wrong, bring it to someone’s attention because I guess you never know what anyone is capable of,” she said.
Scally has now turned her focus on how she can help her friend’s children move forward. She set up a GoFundMe page to not only help the girls financially but also to show they still have a support system during this difficult time.