BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) WCAX News is learning more about the victim of a murder-suicide in the Northeast Kingdom.
Molly McLain's death at the hands of her estranged husband came just as the young mom was starting to piece her life back together.
"She wanted to take a selfie, so we had a new picture of each other," said Lindsey Hall, McLain's friend.
The picture with McLain was taken just days before her death.
Hall says she invited McLain to a birthday party for her little girl.
"We were saying goodbye at the end of it, and I was busy the whole time running around and I didn't get much time to actually sit and hang out with her," Hall said.
McLain and Hall's kids had never met because-- like in many classic domestic abuse relationships-- McLain had fallen out of touch for years. But recently, the 27-year-old mom of two was taking steps to get past her rocky marriage, thanks in part to a restraining order against her estranged husband, Jason.
"She had reconnected with basically all of her friends who she had lost contact with her the last six years," Hall said.
Reporter Adam Sullivan: So she was really starting to turn things around?
Lindsey Hall: She really was.
She had also just been accepted into nursing school, a career she always wanted. But Wednesday that future was cut short. McLain was found outside her home in Maidstone. She had been shot and stabbed. Jason McLain was found inside the house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"I read it about 10 times trying to understand," Hall said.
She struggles with words to express her grief but says that she wanted to share her thoughts for Molly's kids.
"They need to know the person that their mother was," Hall said. "She was an amazing, happy-- she would do anything for anybody. She would go above and beyond to help you."
A thought that is broken by silence, grief and loss.