Westside boy left motherless after murder-suicide
A Westside boy, age 13, lost his mother Nov. 30 when an ex-boyfriend strangled her, then killed himself with a shotgun at 1716
Armstrong Ave at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.
The boy was in the house at the time, having been bound and gagged about an hour earlier by the ex-boyfriend as he waited for Carolyn Seddon, 43, to return home, according to Lt. Rafael Cintron of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The boy is now staying with his father, who lives elsewhere in Colorado Springs, Cintron said.
Police have not released the name of the ex-boyfriend pending notification of next of kin.
Also in the house at the time of the tragedy was Seddon's 2-year-old grandson, who she'd brought home with her. The child was unharmed.
The ex-boyfriend apparently had separated from Seddon recently and was not living with her and her son, Cintron said.
“They were good people,” recalled Tom Gallagher, a nearby resident who is also a City Council member. “I'd never have expected this to happen to them.”
Police believe that when Seddon came into the house, the ex-boyfriend forced her into a different bedroom, where the murder- suicide occurred.
At about 6:40 p.m., the 13-year-old freed himself from his restraints and ran to a neighbor's house for help.
Westside Pioneer from a press release