The family of Candace Carnathan, who was killed in a murder-suicide by her husband a day after she sought a protective order against him, is asking for the community's help in caring for the couple's three orphaned children.
WASHINGTON — Nearly a month after investigators say a White Plains man killed his wife and turned the gun on himself, their three orphaned children are left to pick up the pieces.
Candace Carnathan, 33, sought a protective order against her husband the day before the shooting. Now, her family is asking for help from the community in supporting the couple’s kids.
“Since they first got together, that’s one thing he’d always say, is that he was going to kill himself,” said Sydney Miles, Candace Carnathan’s younger sister.
Miles doesn’t know whether her brother-in-law was mentally ill, but said he would often threaten to take his life in what seemed to be an attempt to manipulate his wife.
“We all became immune to it … and then the next day he would, of course, be OK,” Miles said. “So it was a shock to all of this that this is what had happened.”
Miles confirmed the same gun was used in her murder. A judge did not mandate sheriff’s deputies to confiscate the weapon in issuing the order.
“I think [it was] the fact that she wanted to remove him from her. It wasn’t about the kids. It wasn’t about the house. It was he was being told to leave her alone and not to contact her … and I think that’s what made him snap,” Miles said.