Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 2, 2012

Gun advocate killed in double murder-suicide

SALEM, N.H. - A New Hampshire woman shot to death by her husband, who then killed himself, posted a Facebook message six days earlier against tougher gun control laws.

Barbara Kaznecki, 51, whose mother was also killed in a double murder-suicide case, shared a petition by supporters of the Second Amendment "who are not afraid to show it."

The last sentence of the July 25 post reads: "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

Kaznecki was found shot in the head inside the family home in Salem, N.H., Tuesday. Also shot in the head was her mother, Shirley Leary, 85, and the family dog, a small white Westie.

Jeffrey Kaznecki, the husband, was found dead of a bullet wound to the head in the driveway.

Police investigators said he killed his wife, her mother and the dog with a handgun in the family home before walking outside to shoot himself.

Neighbors and acquaintances seemed unable to comprehend what might have motivated the shootings. The couple had been married for 30 years, and had a daughter in her 20s.

"You just can't believe it," said neighbor Judith Hanning.

On July 21, Mrs. Kaznecki posted to Facebook a photo of lighted candles with a sympathy message that said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Aurora, Colo." -- scene of the mass shooting that killed 12 people at a movie theater, a tragedy that's prompted renewed calls for stricter gun control laws.

Then she added this personal note: "Such an horrific tragedy. RIP."

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Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

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