Shocking New Hampshire Murder–Suicide

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August 22, 2013

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Shocking New Hampshire Murder–Suicide
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Joshua Savyon
Joshua Savyon
A father, Menahem Savyon, 54, shot and killed his 9-year old son, Joshua Savyon, and then turned the gun on himself at the YWCA visitation center in Manchester, NH. It appears there are two stories coming forward. One from the father’s friends who did not see this coming, and one from Joshua’s mother who had a protective order placed on Savyon a year ago: the reason for the supervised visitation.

It is a devastating day when we lose a child. National Parents Organization extends its condolences to Joshua’s mother, maternal and paternal grandparents, and all who knew him. We are sorry for the loss of Menahem and we extend our condolences to his family and friends. We cannot agree with his action, but hope it will lead to changes that protect our children and give them what they need and want – both parents.

It appears all who knew Joshua’s parents concur that the separation and current relationship between Joshua’s mother Becky Ranes, and Savyon were contentious. Yet, his ex-wife, Ellen Savyon Vig, to whom he was married from 1991 to 1997, said, “He was a nonviolent guy. He didn’t drink, he didn’t take drugs. He loved his son.” Read more...

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August 19, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
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Joshua Miller Speaks Out on Behalf of Gay Men and S.B. 115
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Family Law Promotes Opting Out by Mothers
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