A father in Detroit shot and killed his wife while his son was at his high school prom, before quickly turning the gun on himself.
According to reports, 58-year-old Greg Mabins shot his wife, 45-year-old Kim Landrum Mabins, in the back just two hours after they sent their 17-year-old son off to his prom. After killing his wife, Mabins made a frantic phone call to his mother-in-law.
“Her husband basically called her and said that he murdered her,” Kim Mabins’ best friend, Bernadette Cannonier, said. “And that he was sorry." After confessing to Kim’s mother, Mabins reportedly told her that he would be dead before police got to him. Moments later, he shot himself. Mabins died on the way to the hospital.
Cannonier, who lives in Florida, said she received text messages from Kim prior to her son going off to his prom, with pictures of him included. She had no idea that it would be their last conversation.
“I feel a sense of failure, like I let her down,” she said. “We feel like we failed, like was she trying to tell us something but couldn't.”
Friends told reporters that Mabins had a history of abuse towards his wife, but said things had seemingly gotten better over the past few months.
“I never thought it would come to this,” Chaka Johnson said. “It was a shock when I got the call."
“She talked about her son's prom coming up,” Johnson added. “And graduation. She just had all smiles on her face. When she left I gave her a hug and said 'I'll see you Saturday.'"
At the time of her death, Kim Mabins was reportedly saving money to give her son a graduation party, and was also planning a trip to Florida.
Cannonier urged those who suffer from domestic abuse to speak up and prevent similar outcomes.
“There are people who will do anything to help someone get out of that situation,” she said. “It is nothing to be ashamed of."
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