Michelle Green, 48, was shot and killed by her husband in an apparent murder-suicide in the rural town of DeRuyter, NY, in March. Ms. Green was a secretary in the guidance office at DeRuyter Central School, and, according to the school’s superintendent, “She cared incredibly deeply for the kids.”
Edward Green used his shotgun to kill Ms. Green, then killed himself with the gun as state troopers arrived to investigate her disappearance.
With a population of less than 1600, DeRuyter is located about 35 miles southeast of Syracuse.
Michelle Green was just one of several women in New York State to be murdered with guns by their spouses or boyfriends so far this year. Other names include: Lana Morris, 46, of Queens; Sandra Oliva, 54, of Cornwall; Karen Rodgers-Dennis, 46, of Elmont; Petra Gonzalez, 36, of Utica; Diane Reed of Hempstead; Moeun Porm, 45, of Utica; and Carolina Stanco, 61, of North Bellmore–and this list is not complete.
Guns play a significant role in domestic violence—2/3 of spouse and ex-spouse homicide victims are killed by guns. And abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm.