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Two teens dead in Phoenix murder-suicide

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PHOENIX (AP) - A teenage boy fatally shot his ex-girlfriend before turning the gun on himself at a north Phoenix home in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.

Phoenix police identified the two as 15-year-old Matthew Bolton and 16-year-old Anastasia "Ana" Greer. Both were sophomores at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix.

The shooting occurred around noon Friday at a home of Greer's friend, police said.

A neighbor, Jim Friel, told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/MVgruJ ) that he heard a scream and then gunshots and went across the street to the home to see what happened.

Friel said the girl had gunshot wounds to her chest and the boy a gunshot wound to his face.

Police responded to a 911 call and found both teens dead outside the home.

"It appears he shot her in the front yard and then he turned the gun on himself," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Police say Bolton didn't go to school Friday and it was unclear how he got the gun, which was found on a sidewalk near the bodies.

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richatodd March 09 2014 at 4:38 AM

What a shame for the parents and the kids themselves? It is difficult to imagine why anyone at 15 would do something like this, it is normal at that age to go through "romantic" breakups and maybe be depressed but murder-suicide??? The world is becoming darker and darker it seems. You can't blame guns for this it was caused by whatever was in the heart of the young man. Somehow he became lost, maybe lacked any support at home or from friends, we do not know the whole story.

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skitzlpk March 08 2014 at 9:58 AM

Man, when I was 15/16, about this time of year I was busting butt hoping I'd be 1st string on the jayvee basketball squad. Younger kids are now bouncing around Russian roulette in their minds as a pastime. Somehow I just feel we were better off as a basic society with people intent on working their way up the ladder in life & enjoying the more simpler things..

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harolddundee March 08 2014 at 10:16 AM

Really sad.

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ASI1985 March 08 2014 at 10:19 AM

Awful. Too young to be dealing with and going through something like that. Not that it should happen at any age but for it to happen so young, for the young man to feel that things were that bad and that life had to be over for both of them over something like a breakup is so tragic.

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retbtofrnyc March 09 2014 at 1:23 AM

Sad, but a reflection of adult society and the ignored national epidemic of domestic violence. Not a day passes without reading about a husband, ex-husband or boyfriend, ex-boyfriend killing their wife, ex-wife or girlfriend, ex-girlfriend.
Of course, it is tragic, but it is not an anomaly.

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mspcpa retbtofrnyc March 09 2014 at 3:02 AM

There is also abuse against men by women they are romantically with...

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t77lenihan mspcpa March 09 2014 at 3:13 AM

Which is less of an epidemic, but still an issue that requires more attention.

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bps163 March 08 2014 at 10:35 AM

Two young kids gone for what, sad. I feel for the families it must be hell on all of them.

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Sr. Lorene March 08 2014 at 10:38 AM

Kids, talk to your parents!!!!!!!!!!!!before doing anything foolish.

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CantorB Sr. Lorene March 08 2014 at 10:56 AM

respectfully dear, If Sr. refers to your being a nun, this would explain why the church is losing significance to the people.
If this young man knew how to talk to his parents? This is the best advice you have? If you are a nun, YOU should be reaching out to young people like this with understanding or at least an open ear. TALK TO HIS PARENTS? KIDS, TALK TO YOUR PARENTS? Obviously, that is not one of the options..Please relook at your modes of help…. His last communication was with a gun. …. yikes- sad advice, silly suggestion, unlikely to help….

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kohel3of3 March 08 2014 at 10:45 AM

This has nothing to do with gun control. Guns are easy access among the illegal market, and end up often in the wrong hands. Thus, parents with permits are not always responsible. I am so sorry to hear about this incident. These poor parents. Obviously the child had issues with a prior g/f from trying to choke her. A parent should be concerned whom their child is dating, because history can repeat and even end up like this situation. Oh, my stomach is torn. Hearing too much of this these days. RIP, and to the parents...I am deeply sorry and will keep you in prayers.

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michaelcrtt kohel3of3 March 08 2014 at 11:54 AM

How many shootings have happened this by so called responsible owners. People need to be held accountable for their actions. Not all shootings happen with illegal guns. If a gun gets into the wrong hands the owner needs to be held accountable. There are gun safes that are too large to be stolen out of a home. That's were these guns need to be stored. That would be considered gun control.

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rudyboyjs March 08 2014 at 10:46 AM

Another very tragic example of Family Violence, which occurs in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or educational background. More than 4 women are murdered every day in this country by their partners. So statistically speaking, at least, one or two women have been murdered since Ana Greer. We must educate our children of both sexes about how severity progresses over time, from lack of respect, use of control, jealousy, isolating, name-calling, emotional abuse, preventing the victim from leaving and threats of violence. Physical abuse usually starts small: pushing, holding, progressing to hitting, kicking, choking. A perpetrator having access to a gun raises the risk of death five times. Please don't make this tragedy only a gun issue. It is much larger. Family violence occurs more in cultures that do not have gender equality. When we teach all girls/young women and boys/young men mutual respect, we all benefit. Family, friends, and professionals who see a pattern emerging, even in its earliest stages, must intervene. Today Ana Greer's family and friends mourn her loss. Before the sun sets tonight, 3 more families will be mourning their loved one's loss. Please support Family Violence programs in the schools and community.

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creativeminds916 March 08 2014 at 10:46 AM

This is tragic beyond belief. To these two families, I am truly sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine your sorrow. May God give you the strength to try and cope with your loss. My sincere condolences.

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