What Happens To Winterville Child After Murder/Suicide?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The murder suicide of 34 year old Kristina Hobbs and 36 year old Michael Hobbs sent shock waves across the area Wednesday.

Now, the focus is centered around the couple's 6 year old child, who was reportedly at school during the shootings. Authorities say the girl is with her maternal grandparents, but what kind of psychological impact will this murder suicide have on her and young children in the area?

We spoke with a mental health specialist who says parents should be honest with their children about the tragedy.

She says its important the grandparents show the young girl a lot of attention and love right now, she says children often blame themselves after deaths, so its vital the child not take on any responsibility for the tragedy.


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  • by Don Location: Craven Co. on Jan 13, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    I'm a lone survivor of a family murder suicide that happened when I was 12. I'm 50 now and my heart goes out to this child. I hate when I read about these things as the memories are brought back as if it happened yesterday. I have gotten through it all by a strong network of family and friends and above all, my faith in God. I pray this child will get through this tragedy as I have. We are connected in a way that we are survivors. May God bless you always.
  • by Markus Location: Gray on Jan 11, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    I pray that the little girl be alright cause I know the pain and sorrow the little girl is going through. I lost my dear beloved father in june of 97 from a masive heart attack. I was only 8 when this happened and when I got older it really hit me hard I blame it on my self in some form of fashion. But just stay strong and God will see you through this great ordeal and I will pray for this family!.
  • by W Location: Pitt Co. on Jan 10, 2008 at 07:43 PM
    I hope and pray that this young child and her grandparents can overcome this tragic event. It is sad enough when something like this happens, but when a child is involved, it multipies the circumstances 1000 fold. May God Bless all involved and keep them during this time of sorrow.
  • by D Location: B on Jan 10, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    Pray, and pray hard. 2 Timothy says in the last days there will be prelious times. We are definately living in those days now. People dont care about thier lives or the lives of others. Help is out there, but people arent willing always to seek it. We just have to work hard to stay focus, talk out things as a family dont sugar coat issues. And PRAY HARD for the USA. HARD. Bless. My deepest deepest condolences for all affected by this event. DB
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