Crime

      Sean Kelly shot Colleen Williston to death before taking own life in Tomkins Cove Murder-suicide

      Sean Kelly

      A quiet afternoon in Stony Point turned into a scene of profound tragedy on Tuesday, as a devastating murder-suicide claimed the lives of two individuals, leaving the community in shock and mourning.

      The events unfolded when Stony Point police received a harrowing call just before 2 p.m. from a distressed individual reporting that “his friends shot themselves.” Rushing to the scene at 54 Rosetown Road in Tomkins Cove, authorities were confronted with a heartbreaking sight – the lifeless bodies of 38-year-old Sean Kelly and 35-year-old Colleen Williston, discovered in an upstairs bedroom.

      Initial investigations reveal a grim sequence of events, with reports indicating that Sean Kelly fatally shot Colleen Williston before tragically taking his own life. The grim discovery has left investigators grappling to comprehend the circumstances leading up to this unimaginable tragedy, including any potential connections to a complaint filed just days prior.

      In a distressing turn of events, it has come to light that Sean Kelly had contacted Stony Point police over the weekend regarding a troubling altercation involving Colleen Williston and their two children. This prompted an urgent notification to Rockland County Child Protective Services, underscoring the complexity of the situation.

      At the time of the tragic incident, the two children were thankfully not present in the residence nor under the custody of their parents. However, the emotional toll of the events reverberates throughout the community, amplifying the urgency for awareness and intervention in cases of domestic distress.

      This devastating event marks the fourth fatal domestic-related incident in Rockland County within the past four months, serving as a stark reminder of the pressing need for support and resources to address such crises.

      As the investigation continues to unfold, the community stands in solidarity with the families and loved ones affected by this profound loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this incredibly difficult time.

      Law enforcement authorities remain steadfast in their commitment to uncovering the truth behind this tragedy and providing support to those impacted. As the community grapples with the aftermath of this heartbreaking incident, unity and compassion serve as guiding lights in the journey toward healing and justice.

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