A horrible discovery awaited Deer Park police earlier this week when they went to do a safety check on a local family. When the department received a call that family members had not heard from 39-year old Ashley Auzenne and were concerned, officer responded to the suburban home outside of Houston.
Inside, they found an absolute tragedy.
Ashley Auzenne’s body was located… along with the bodies of her children, 11-year old Parrish, 9-year old Eleanor and 7-year old Lincoln. All four were deceased from gunshot wounds, according to ABC13’s Miya Shay. Shay reports that the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the deaths as murder/suicide.
According to the Daily Mail’s Jennifer Smith and Lauren Fruen, the parents of the children had just gotten divorced the prior week.
Murvin Auzenne, father of the children and ex-husband to Ashley, said, “She and I had our issues, we argued and fought just like any other couple headed for divorce, but I never had any reason to believe she was capable of this. Nobody did.”
He went on to say that she had been upset about the terms of the divorce, which would require her to seek employment to pay rent to remain in the house, according to Smith and Fruen.
The children’s grandfather, Murvin Auzenne Sr., mourned the loss of his family.
“They were kids you wanted to have around, they really were,” he said. “They played well, they talked to the adults. They’re amazing children in all kinds of fantastic ways.”
Ashley Auzenne had reportedly shared on her social media that she was battling depression, anxiety and had been diagnosed with lupus. Ashley reported online that her mother had recently passed away, as well. However, Auzenne shared more than just her personal struggles on social media. She frequently shared her political views.
“Trump says on camera it’s in the works,” one post read. “To bypass the Constitution and change it with an Executive Order that he hands out like tic tacs. Remember, being silent, being safe and cozy because it doesn’t ‘affect you’ is a luxury.”
She also wrote about mass shootings, according to Heavy’s Jessica McBride.
“There is a gun inside the house was used in this incident… a handgun,” reported Lt. Chris Brown of the Deer Park Police Department.
The discovery of the firearm in the Auzenne home is particularly surprising due to Ashley Auzenne’s vocal anti-gun violence position. Ashley Auzenne had also been very outspoken on social media as an anti-gun violence activist, imploring others online to #EndGunViolence in the signature orange of the anti-gun campaigns.
But now Moms Demand Action’s social media pages, as well as state level affiliate sites, have been busy furiously removing comments acknowledging that Auzenne was an anti-gun supporter. All comments mentioning Auzenne’s anti-gun sentiments had been removed from multiple Moms Demand Action pages as of the writing of this article.
Additionally, commenters are stating that they have also now been blocked from viewing further content on the pages.
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One such Facebook user confided in Law Enforcement Today, sharing a screen shot of his comment to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America that read, “She was one of yours, a MDA member and anti-gun advocate. Her gun didn’t kill those kids, she did. Hypocrites.”
He said to LET, “I posted that last night. It’s gone now.”
This is not the first time this year that an anti-gun activist turned to violence.
Law Enforcement Today brought you the story earlier this year in which an anti-gun activist by the name of Donna Grossman was removed from a judiciary committee hearing for penning the words, “If I had a gun, I’d blow away Sampson and a large group of NRA,” in a text message presumed to be intended for her daughter Sally Grossman.
Charges were not brought against Ms. Grossman but she did ultimately resign from her position with the Town of Windsor Commission on Aging and Persons with Disabilities shortly after the incident. The anti-gun activism group, CT Against Gun Violence had pictured Ms. Grossman in an email solicitation to their membership just shortly before the text was discovered.
Ms. Grossman is seen wearing CTAGV’s signature orange color in the email that was signed by Jonathan Pierce, Communications Director of CT Against Gun Violence.
During this same event, Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence was removed from the premises twice that day by Capitol Police for bringing in an unfinished lower receiver which was against House Judiciary Committee rules. Stein admitted that he had a Bridgeport Police Chief bring it in, so as to skirt the prohibition on him doing so. Mr. Stein returned again to the hearing room for a third time later that evening despite being told to leave twice.