Murder Suicide Rocks CommunityBy JERI BORST JBORST@DDTONLINE.COM,
Domestic violence is the motive behind the loss of two lives Tuesday, according the Greenville Police Department investigators.
Robbie Walker-Grossley, 49,was murdered by her husband, Christopher Grossley, 54. After shooting his wife, Christopher Grossley ended his life through suicide.
More than 25,000 Facebook users engaged with the DD-T’s post notifying community members law enforcement responded to the scene.
At 11:32 a.m. GPD was notified of a welfare concern at 718 Highway 82, C&R Grocery.
According to a statement from GPD, a family member was attempting to visit their relative at the convenience store.
“The family member advised they could not get their family member to come to the door and cell phone attempts were unsuccessful,” Assistant Chief Michael Merchant said. “The family member advised they thought they also saw the foot and leg of someone inside the location.”
The store was secure from the inside and the Greenville Fire Department was dispatched to force entry inside the business. Once inside the business, officers located a black female and a black male that appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds. Paramedics were dispatched along with the Washington County Coroner, who declared both subjects deceased.
The Greenville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division was dispatched and began to investigate the incident.
“Based on the preliminary investigation and evidence collected at the location, it appears the male subject shot the female subject, before turning the gun on himself,” Merchant said.
Comments of support, prayers were shared on social media from family members and friends of the Grossleys as well as from community members who were not aquatinted but were emotionally effected by the news.
One in every four women and one in every seven men have experienced severe physical violence by a current or former partner.
• A recent survey by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that “on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. In a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men.”
• Nearly half of all women and men in the U.S. have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
• More than half of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner.
• Two-thirds of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
• Nearly 1 in 3 (29%) college women say they have been in an abusive dating relationship.
• 1 in 4 dating teens is abused or harassed online or through texts by their partners.
• Victims of digital abuse and harassment are 2 times as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused, and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.
• The costs of intimate partner rape, physical assault and stalking exceed $5.8 billion each year — nearly $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services.
• IPV victims also lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work — the equivalent of more than 32,000 fulltime jobs — and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of the violence.
• 96% of domestic violence victims who are employed experience problems at work due to abuse.
• Nearly 33% of women killed in U.S. workplaces between 2003-2008 were killed by a current or former intimate partner.
For more information about domestic violence, visit thehotline.org or call 1-800-799-SAFE.
If anyone has any information about the incident, call the Greenville Police Department at 662-378-1515 or Crimestoppers 662-378-TIPS.