Not to speak ill of the dead, but I despise dads like CONWAY ASHLEY WELLER. The mothers of his two daughters didn't deny him visitation. Both dropped off their daughters to trick or treat with Daddy this past weekend--and with no court order. In fact, we hear that at least one of the mothers explicitly "wanted her little girl to have a relationship with her father." A daughter that was only 8 months old!
That's pure fathers rights Koolaid, folks--that even infants "need" a relationship with the man who contributed the sperm that made their existence possible, regardless of this man's merits as a parent or a human being.
Mom was being the good mommy by FR standards--and look what it got her. A baby that was gassed to death--by the same volatile nutcase dad she was was encouraging to have a "relationship" with her baby.
And dad's whining about "broken relationship" or "broken homes" is pure self-serving, delusional crap. He was never married to either one of these women as far as I can tell. He just wanted to punish these women for formalizing their custody status. Disgusting.
Hat tip to Katie.
Chambersburg father kills his daughters and self at remote Letterkenny Township site
By JIM TUTTLE Staff writer
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A Chambersburg man who reportedly killed his two young daughters and himself did so Sunday in apparent protest to his broken relationship with their mothers.
Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, said Conway Ashley Weller, 24, committed the murder-suicide Sunday at a remote location in Letterkenny Township.
Leeairra Ann Weller, 5, was a kindergarten student at Hamilton Heights Elementary School. Her baby half sister, Caleigh Ainsley Weller, was 8 months old. The two children and their father died of carbon monoxide inhalation.
Caleigh's great-grandmother, Vicky Taylor, was asked by the two victims' mothers to act as spokesperson for the families. Taylor is employed as a Public Opinion reporter.
Her granddaughter, Rachael Hawk, met Weller several years ago, eventually entering into a relationship and having Caleigh. One or two months ago, Hawk left Weller. He reportedly took it poorly, and the result was an ongoing conflict.
"She was trying to convince him that it was final," Taylor said.
Still, Hawk "wanted her little girl to have a relationship with her father" and with her sister, Leeairra. The older sibling was the daughter of Laura Wing, who dissolved her relationship with Weller before he met Hawk.
Both mothers were in the process of getting custody orders. Taylor said that a judge had not yet signed an order in Wing's case, and an initial hearing had been set for Thursday morning in Hawk's case.
Over the weekend, Weller convinced Wing and Hawk to drop off his daughters so he could take them out trick-or-treating on Saturday night, Taylor said.
Caleigh was dressed in a bumblebee costume when Hawk dropped her off with Weller. It is unknown what transpired on Saturday night and whether he took the two girls trick-or treating.
Weller was supposed to return the children to their mothers Sunday morning, Taylor said. When that didn't happen, they began looking for him. At first, police did not get involved because neither woman had a formalized custody order.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, Weller called Hawk and spoke with her very briefly, saying that, "she would never see him again." Alarmed, Hawk went to the Chambersburg Police and described the call.
Officers then went to Weller's apartment at 729 Cleveland Ave. and found a "lengthy" note on the front door, Taylor said. The note stated: "If you're reading this, it's too late" and went on to explain that Weller did not want his daughters to grow up in "broken homes."
Two other notes were found inside the house, each addressed to one of the mothers. Both notes stated that the mothers "would see their children in heaven."
After finding the messages, police issued an alert for officers to be on the lookout for Weller and the two girls. All three were found dead in Weller's Ford Explorer, parked at a remote location off Broad Mountain Road in Letterkenny Township.
Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner said Weller and his daughters died of asphyxia due to carbon monoxide poisoning. They were pronounced dead at 11:10 p.m.
In addition to the bodies, Pennsylvania State Police found a fourth suicide note and a stuffed bear that Caleigh always slept with, Taylor said.
Acquaintances of Weller helped look for him, Taylor said. She did not know who actually found the vehicle, but said the search party was checking that area because it was a place he was known to visit in the past.
Weller worked nights at the DDS Inc. distribution center in Chambersburg, according to Taylor. Prior to that, he worked at Photo This in Chambersburg, where he met Hawk.
Before the murder-suicide, the mothers of Weller's children both tried to "keep things on an even keel" for the little girls. They met after Hawk began seeing Weller and remained "friendly and cooperative with each other."
Now, they are trying to coordinate their daughters' funerals so they can support each other, and making arrangements for the two little girls to be buried next to each other.
"Both mothers are devastated," Taylor said. "We just can't comprehend what happened."
Jim Tuttle can be reached at email@example.com or at 262-4754.