Friday, 28 June 2013

Mijas, Spain family shooting: Father saw 'no way out' of their situation

An Irish husband and father who shot his wife and daughter and then himself in Spain, said in a suicide note, "Our life has become suffering, and we can't take it anymore."

Spanish News in English reported on the tragic shooting death of an Irish couple and their daughter recently in the suburb of Torrenueva de Mijas, Southern Spain.

The couple were later identified as Philip Wood, 56, his 54-year-old wife Sheila Wood, and their daughter 27-year-old Sophie.

According to the Spanish media, it has now been revealed that financial and health stresses led to the British man killing his wife and daughter, before turning the gun on himself.

When investigating the incident, police found a suicide note in the house rented by the Wood family, which read "Our life has become suffering, and we can't take it anymore," confirming suspicions that the shootings were a murder-suicide.

In an article in the Daily Mail, Sheila's Wood's brother further alleged that her husband had killed both her and their daughter before committing suicide. The brother was quoted as saying that he thought it was the "only way out."

According to the brother, Philip Wood had lost his job in April 2012, and his wife Sheila was facing imminent kidney failure. The daughter Sophie, while previously reported as being Downs Syndrome, apparently was suffering from brain damage.

The Wood family had lived in Spain for 10 years, according to the family in Ireland.

Media in Spain reported that it was "clear from the start" that Wood had used the same weapon to kill himself as the one he used to murder his wife and daughter. The press also cited possible financial reasons were being looked at as a motive.

According to toxicology reports, both Sheila and Sophie had been sedated and were sleeping at the time they were shot dead.

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