Tuesday, May 05, 2009

When people snap

No one really knows what the final straw really is. When someone reaches that final straw moment the results are usually deadly and final. This story illustrates this point.

LAKELAND, Fla. -- A 13-year-old boy ran through a garage to escape his family's slaughter at the hands of his father, who then took his own life on their front lawn, authorities said.

Investigators were still searching for a motive for the slayings late Sunday. They said Troy Ryan Bellar, 34, shot and killed his wife, Wendy Bellar, 31, and two young sons before killing himself outside their home in Lakeland, located between Tampa and Orlando.

Wendy Bellar tried to leave the home with two of the children after a fight with her husband, Polk County Sheriff's Department spokesman Scott Wilder said in a statement.

But Troy Bellar opened fire with a 7.62 mm rifle and killed his wife, 5-month-old Zack James Bellar and 7-year-old Ryan Patrick Bellar in the front porch area.

Another son, 13-year-old Nathan Bellar, was pursued through the garage by his father, evaded several gunshots, and made it safely to a neighbor's house. The boy was being placed with family members.

Investigators were still trying to determine the sequence of the shooting.

No neighbors were injured by gunfire, according to a canvass by deputies.

"You don't have stuff like that in this neighborhood," neighbor Tammy Womble told The Ledger newspaper in Lakeland.

"It was just gunshots going off. We didn't hear screams or anything," she said.

Wilder said the husband had been arrested twice in the county, on suspicion of aggravated assault in 1994 and suspicion of driving under the influence in 1999. Wendy Bellar was arrested in March on suspicion of domestic battery.

"This is one of the most tragic, senseless and horrific crimes we have investigated," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.  SOURCE

The mind is a fragile thing.


  1. I will never understand how someone can look at a child and kill them. That poor 13 year old will be traumatized for life. I can't forget stories of horror I heard years ago, let alone having to of seen one. I don't even have more words for this story. :(

  2. Kill yourself if you must be leave the children alone! Freaks!

  3. WTF????????????????? I just cannot understand such.

  4. Anonymous16:57

    Yanno, every once in a while, I envy the cops ... you know ... they get to go 80 MPH in a 55 and stuff like that. And then, I see things like this. The poor cops who have to investigate this ... I think...damn, they have families, and kids and they have to see this sort of thing day in and day out. There, but by God's grace go I.

  5. Anyone is capable of doing anything at anytime. I used to think that I have seen it all, that nothing surprises me. I no longer think that.

    Somewhere there is an idiot who has nothing better to do then to dream up some kinda outrageous kaka that is guaranteed to weird us out.

  6. "The mind is a fragile thing."

    Indeed. "It" is incredibly resilient, capable of all kinds of defenses, diversions, compensations, until...Until "it" has had enough, & snaps.

    Makes me wonder about the choices & options for help these people had, & why they didn't choose them.Getting arrested is absolutely an opportunity for help, btw.

    As for the children, I pray that the Lord will gather them into His arms (the living one also), & provide Peace & Comfort that their parents didn't.

  7. Anonymous15:54

    This is a very sad case.

  8. 1 Peter 5:8-9 (New International Version)

    8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.


  9. It's senseless. I can't even begin to imagine the fear the mother and young child felt. I'm not sure the baby would quite understand what was going on. But the 13-yo will be traumatized for life. My heart goes out to him. How can he ever whole again?


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