In a shocking incident that unfolded in the early hours of Tuesday, a father in Winston-Salem took the lives of his two children before ending his own life, as per the local police department. The man, identified as 55-year-old David Lee Housden, fatally shot his son, 20-year-old Alexander David Housden, and his 16-year-old daughter, Kaylee Nicole Housden, in their residence on Water Lily Lane. The tragic event has left the local community reeling, with neighbors expressing their disbelief over the horrifying incident.
The mother of the two victims was present in the house when the shootings occurred. She immediately alerted the authorities, who arrived on the scene to find both Alexander and Kaylee deceased from gunshot wounds. The preliminary investigation indicated that David had killed his children before taking his own life.
The tragedy has left the community heartbroken, with neighbors who had known the family for years expressing their shock and disbelief. The seemingly normal family life hid a turbulent situation within the household, leaving those close to the family blindsided by the violent incident. The community is now grappling with the loss, with a heavy sense of regret for missed opportunities to intervene and offer help.
Alexander, a junior at Winston-Salem State University, was pursuing a degree in exercise science with a minor in Biology. Known for his lively sense of humor, he had aspirations of a career in medicine. Kaylee, a junior at Atkins High School, was part of the Color Guard and was known for her selflessness and infectious energy. She had plans to graduate in 2025 and was loved by all who knew her.
The Exercise Physiology Department at Winston-Salem State University expressed their sorrow over Alexander’s untimely death, acknowledging his academic achievements and the positive influence he had on his peers. The sentiments were echoed by the entire WSSU community, mourning the loss of a promising young individual.
The Winston-Salem Police Department is urging anyone with information about the case to come forward. They are also reminding those struggling with suicidal thoughts that help is available, including resources such as the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, and the 988 Lifeline website.