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Candlelight vigil held for both husband and wife in murder-suicide

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SPOKANE, Wash.- Thursday night there was a candlelight vigil held for Chris and Sheena Henderson in Franklin Park. The vigil was overseen by a Spokane Police Chaplain. He said that today's vigil was about hope, help, healing, and ultimately, forgiveness.

On July 8th, Spokane police say 37-year-old Chris Henderson went to the Deaconess Medical Center complex where his wife, 30-year-old Sheena Henderson, worked and shot her multiple times. He then fatally shot himself. No one else was hurt.

The couple leaves behind two children. We talked with Sheena's father before the vigil, and he told us that despite the circumstances in which his daughter was killed, he felt it was important to remember both of them, for the sake of the kids. Gary Kennison, Sheena's father, says he does not want the children remembering their father as a monster. He says Chris Henderson had a mental illness that went untreated, and led to a devastatingly tragic end. Kennison and his wife are in the process of adopting the two children.

As part of an investigation by KHQ, we learned that Chris Henderson had his gun taken away earlier this year, because he was suicidal. He was cleared to pick up the gun from Spokane Police lock-up in June, but didn't get it until Monday, July 7th. Earlier in the day on Monday, Sheriff's deputies were called out to Henderson's place of employment, because of threats he was making about his wife. They spoke with him, but did not arrest him. Later that day Henderson picked up his gun. The next morning, just after 9am, Henderson climbed seven stories in a building near Deaconess Medical Center, shot his wife, then shot himself.

KHQ spoke with co-workers of Sheena Henderson, who revealed that she was very scared of her husband, and told co-workers to call 911 immediately if they saw him.

 

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