Alexander and Kyla Ryng are the young married couple who were found dead of gunshot wounds on June 4 in their Connecticut home, reports NBC Connecticut.
Alex, 26, and Kyla, 27, lived in the city of Bristol with their three children.
Here’s what you need to know about this tragedy:
1. The Dead Couple Were Discovered by Their Kids
The couple had three children, ages 4, 3 and 20 months. The children were not harmed in the incident. The alarm was raised when one of the kids went to get help from a neighbor after the dead bodies were discovered by the kids. The children are now in the care of their grandmother.
It isn’t clear who killed whom in the murder/suicide, but cops have been keen to stress that there was never any threat to the public. One neighbor told NBC Connecticut, “This is a very quiet neighborhood. I grew up here; I bought the house from my parents. That’s the reason I bought it, it’s always quiet.”
A student who was heading to school nearby to the home heard a woman screaming and three loud bangs at 7 a.m., reports The Hartford Courant. The student, Devon Judge, added that his phone was dead so he couldn’t dial 911.
2. Kyla Was Divorcing Alex
The Hartford Courant reports that Kyla Ryng had filed divorce papers at a court in New Britain on the Friday before their deaths. The court papers said the marriage had broken down and was “irretrievable.” In addition, she wanted the house, shared custody with the couple’s three kids, as well as alimony and child support.
3. Alex Was Active in the US Army
4. Alex Ryng Was a Pro-Gun Advocate
According to his Facebook page, Alex Ryng left his job at Catco Construction in January 2013 to enroll in an officer leader’s course in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He completed the course in May 2013. He added that he studied physics at Middlebury College.
It also appears through his Facebook postings that Ryng was a pro-gun advocate.
5. The Couple Were Both Natives of Bristol
Both Alex and Kyla are natives of Bristol, Connecticut. Kyla went to Bristol Eastern High School while Alex was at Bristol Central High School where he was on the honor roll.