Winston-Salem, North Carolina – A devastating incident unfolded early on Tuesday, as a father tragically took the lives of his two children before turning the gun on himself, according to authorities. The Winston-Salem Police Department reported that David Lee Housden, 55, killed his son, Alexander David Housden, 20, and his daughter, Kaylee Nicole Housden, 16, in their home on Water Lily Lane. The incident has left the community in shock, with neighbors expressing disbelief about the events that occurred.
The mother of the siblings was present in the home when the shootings took place and immediately called 911, informing the police of the horrifying situation. Law enforcement arrived at the scene to find both Alexander and Kaylee deceased from gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed that David had taken the lives of his children before ending his own.
Heartbroken neighbors, who had known the family for years, recalled their disbelief in the wake of the tragedy. The surface-level appearance of normalcy hid the brewing turmoil within the household, leaving those close to the family feeling blindsided by the violence that unfolded. As the community grapples with the loss, a sorrowful sense of missed opportunities to offer assistance weighs heavy on their hearts.
Alexander, a junior at Winston-Salem State University, was studying exercise science with a minor in Biology. Described as a spirited young man with a vibrant sense of humor, he had dreams of pursuing a career in medicine. Kaylee, a junior at Atkins High School, was a member of the Color Guard and known for her selflessness and contagious energy. She had plans to graduate in 2025 and had endeared herself to everyone she met.
The Winston-Salem State University’s Exercise Physiology Department expressed their grief over Alexander’s tragic death, acknowledging his academic achievements and the positive impact he had on his peers. Their sentiments echoed the sentiments of the entire WSSU community, who mourn the loss of this bright young star.
Authorities are urging anyone with information about the case to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department, Crime Stoppers or En Espanol. Additionally, if anyone is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there are resources available such as the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, and the 988 Lifeline website.