A father shot his two sons aged just 10 and 12 before taking his own life in an upstairs room at the family’s Baltimore home because he’d recently lost his job.
Julian Roary, 47 and his two sons, Julian Roary Jr., 12 and Ian Roary, 10, were found in an upstairs bedroom in the 8900 block of Yvonne Ave. in Perry Hall shortly after midnight.
Roary had recently lost his job and was struggling to find a new one, according to Baltimore County police spokesman Officer Shawn Vinson.
Deaths: Julian Roary, 47, is pictured here with his son, Julian Roary Jr., 12 who died along with his other son Ian Roary, 10, after Roary committed a murder-suicide
Innocent: Julian Roary Jr., 12, left, and Ian Roary, 10, right, were found in an upstairs bedroom in the 8900 block of Yvonne Ave. in Perry Hall shortly after midnight
Vinson told The Baltimore Sun that Roary’s girlfriend Shantal Brown-Winn, had called police after hearing a gunshot, which sounded like fireworks and which she thought occurred ‘outside.’
However, when she realized that the shooting had not happened outside, she went back into the house and found Roary and his two boys dead in an upstairs room.
Police said all three suffered gunshot wounds to the head and upper body WBAL TV reports.
Roary and the older son were pronounced dead at the scene, but the younger son was taken to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Roary left a suicide note detailing his intentions.
Brown-Winn, Roary’s longtime girlfriend of nine years described the boys as ‘the best kids in the world.’
They both went to Pine Grove Elementary and Julian was about to start middle school in the fall and Ian would have started the fifth grade.
She told how they had gone to summer camp and Julian, was mildly autistic but was ‘smart.’
She said Roary adored his children and coached their football practices.
But she said their father was devastated by his recent job loss and had been struggling to find full time work in human resources since 2009 when he was laid off at another temporary job.
Baltimore County police spokesman Officer Shawn Vinson said all three suffered gunshot wounds to the head and upper body
He fell into a deep depression as he struggled to provide for his family and did not want to be a burden on anyone.
She said: ‘This was a good man who just thought he couldn’t do it anymore because of the economy, the unfairness.
‘They say there are jobs out there but it’s hard but we had each other’s back.’
Roary put in countless resumes over the internet and was literally spending his whole day applying for jobs.
He had a doctorate in organizational development but could not make any headway, something he blamed on his age, as he was an older candidate.
Roary had worked as acting human resources manager of the Baltimore Parking Authority until last week.
He had worked for the Parking Authority for 11 months and was placed there through a temporary employment agency. He became distressed after he lost this temporary position.
Tiffany James, spokeswoman for Baltimore Parking Authority said: ‘We’re deeply saddened to hear about him and what happened,’ she said. ‘We’re just really shocked that this occurred.’
The boys biological mother has been informed of their deaths