Police: Husband, wife dead in Elmore shooting

Police say a husband and wife are dead after a shooting in Elmore.
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 11:31 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 6:46 AM EST
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ELMORE, Vt. (WCAX) - Police say a husband and wife are dead after a shooting in Elmore.

Vermont State Police say what started as a fight between a married couple, turned deadly.

“They made entry into the residence and found two people deceased inside,” Vermont State Police Capt. Jeremy Hill said.

Police say just before 7 a.m. Monday, they received calls of domestic violence at a home on

King Road in Elmore.

The initial investigation indicates Jay Kennedy, 61, shot and killed his wife, Mary Lisa Kelley, 58. Police say Kennedy then turned the gun on himself.

Kennedy was a well-known photographer in that part of the state who was featured in a WCAX News story back in August.

“On the initial investigation and again with the call through 911, the detectives were able to piece together a lot of what happened,” Hill said.

Sarah Robinson is with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She says Vermont has a high rate of deadly domestic violence.

“The sad reality is that over half of our homicides are domestic violence-related,” Robinson said. “While many people think domestic violence is something that might happen somewhere else and to someone else, domestic violence really impacts our entire community and can impact all of us.”

Robinson says there are support systems out there to help people struggling in violent relationships.

“If you or anyone you know is experiencing violence in your relationship, it’s OK to reach out for help and to access support. And if someone tells you they are experiencing violence in their relationship, it’s up to all of us to believe that and to support them,” Robinson said.

To get help, you can call the Domestic Violence helpline at 1-800-228-7395.

Police say the investigation into Kennedy and Kelley’s deaths continues.

The Vermont State Employees Association says Kelley was a DCF Social Worker in Morrisville.

“VSEA is sending its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of DCF Social Worker Lisa Kelley,” the union said on Facebook.

VSEA is sending its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of DCF Social Worker Lisa Kelley, who...

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