Mother of murder-suicide victim speaks about daughter's death - WKRN News 2

Mother of murder-suicide victim speaks about daughter's death

Posted: Updated: Jan 20, 2014 11:47 AM
Police say Justin Bennett, 32, shot and killed Kayleigh Dupont, 28, before taking his own life. Police say Justin Bennett, 32, shot and killed Kayleigh Dupont, 28, before taking his own life.
Kathleen Donoghue, Kayleigh's mother Kathleen Donoghue, Kayleigh's mother
Kathleen Donoghue and Kayleigh Dupont Kathleen Donoghue and Kayleigh Dupont
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The mother of a woman killed in a murder-suicide in Smyrna is speaking out for the first time since her daughter's death.

Kayleigh Dupont, 28, was shot to death by her future brother-in-law, 32-year-old Justin Bennett, before he turned the gun on himself inside her Village Lake Drive home last Thursday.

The last time Kathleen Donoghue spoke with her daughter was an hour before her death, when she says she pleaded with Dupont to avoid Bennett.

Donoghue told News 2 Bennett had threatened her daughter's life just days before the murder, when police say Dupont pressed charges against Bennett's father for domestic assault.

"Justin had told her, ‘You're going to get yours,' but we didn't actually realize he meant kill her," Donoghue explained.

She added that during their conversation, Dupont stated she was considering dropping the charges against Bennett's father as soon as she could find a new home.

Donoghue, however, was not keen on the idea, and feared for her daughter's safety.

"She kept reassuring me that everything would be fine. I just felt something wasn't right," she said.

The night of her daughter's murder, Donoghue, who lives more than 4,000 miles away in England, recalls having restless sleep. She worried something bad was going to happen to Dupont.

She received a call from Dupont's uncle confirming her worse fears.

"I said, ‘She's gone ain't she?' I just knew it. I just had that feeling. From that moment, my world has fell apart," said Donoghue.

She had not seen her daughter in a few years and was planning to come to the United States this year to meet her future son-in law and two-year-old grandson for the first time.

Now, she is just trying to find a way to get through her pain.

"This man broke my world into bits, but I have to forgive him because I don't want to be bitter," Donoghue told News 2.

She said she is trying to get an emergency passport so she can come to the U.S. to help with Dupont's funeral arrangements

Donoghue added she plans to cremate her daughter and return to England with her ashes, and that she is working with Jason Bennett, Dupont's fiance, to have her grandson live with her in England.

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