On August 10, the quiet neighborhood of Southwest 18th court in Davie, Florida, was filled with the deafening screams of a mother. Annabel Ng was making breakfast for her family around 9 a.m. when she heard the sound of a gunshot in their house. When she rushed to the scene, she saw her 11-year-old daughter, Angela, lying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the head.
The father, 50-year-old Kenbian Ng, also suffered from self-inflicted gunshot. He was barely breathing when he was rushed to the hospital and shortly afterwards, he died from his injuries. According to police investigation, the father shot his daughter point blank in the head before turning the gun on himself.
Daughter suffering from terminal illness
Angela was the couple’s only child. For a few months now, she has been going through chemotherapy due to her femur cancer. On August 28, she was scheduled to have a leg amputation in Boston to stop the cancer from spreading. However, her health was continuously declining.
Experts considered the possibility that the father may have wanted to put them both out of their misery. Instead of seeing his terminally-ill daughter continue to suffer, Kenbian just decided to end her ordeal by taking her life away.
“While we were speaking to the mother, we were told that the child has a debilitating terminal illness which is a possibility why this tragic incident occurred. It was a devastating illness, she was not going to get any better. It was such a tragic situation, a terrible situation,” said Davie Police Lieutenant Mark Leone in a report by Metro.
Neighbor Sharleen Wells recounted how Annabel reacted when she discovered the bodies. According to Wells, Annabel’s screams as she saw the body of her dead daughter were heard throughout the neighborhood.
“I heard the mother come right through my yard. They picked her up, put her in the car. She screamed a noise like I know I’ve heard before.”
Father might be suffering from depression
On the other hand, a psychologist at the Idaho Department of Corrections claimed that there’s a chance the father might have been going through undiagnosed depression. Scott Eliason compared the incident to a ‘lightning strike,’ because it is impossible to predict, according to Sun Sentinel.
“Sometimes you get what’s called caregiver burnout where you have a caregiver taking care of a terminally ill person and that stress leads to some kind of depression. They’re worried about abandoning the person, so that’s where the murder comes in.”
Neighbors described the incident as tragic. According to some witnesses, the parents were truly proud of their daughter. Before being diagnosed with cancer, Angela was active in school. She also performed in dance recitals and practiced martial arts.