Friends and neighbors are in complete shock after hearing about the unimaginable incident. In a lovely neighborhood, just 20 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona, a family suffered a tragedy that no one can explain. A loving grandmother who had custody of her 11-year-old grandson is dead after an attempt to discipline her grandson went terribly wrong.
Police say that the grandmother, 65-year-old Yvonne Woodard had been asking her 11-year-old grandson (whose name has not been released) to clean his room and pick up after himself throughout the day, but he had not obeyed.
When she and husband, Doyle Hebert thought the boy was in his room, they sat down to watch television in their living room. It was then that the lad came up behind them and shot his grandmother in the back of the head.
Stunned by the completely unfathomable act, the grandfather was able to leap up and chase after his grandson briefly. He quickly went back to the house to tend to his wife, who was gravely injured. On his way, he heard another gunshot.
He then saw his grandson stumble and fall to the ground. The boy later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His grandmother, Yvonne Woodard, also succumbed to her injuries.
Residents of the upscale Litchfield Park neighborhood near Phoenix, Arizona, are left stunned and shocked by the news of such a tragic occurrence.
Global News reports, “We stood outside and we prayed, and I know that seems really, really hollow, especially when you’re going through something… but that’s the best that you can [do]," neighbor Danny Dillon said. “You have that neighborly connection but your heart just wishes that you had more and you could’ve done more, you could’ve seen something or said something.”
Initial reports indicate that the firearm used in the shooting belonged to Hebert. At this time, there is no evidence that the boy had violent tendencies or had threatened any harm to his grandparents or himself. The couple had custody of the boy.
The Maricopa Sheriff’s office has reported that an investigation is underway to find out more facts in this puzzling and tragic story.
Please join us in praying for all those hurting today from this tragic and sad event.