Mom of 6 Murdered in Front of Her Dad While Trying to Leave Her Abusive Husband

mom of 6 shot and killed by husband

Strangers have raised more than $40,000 for children who tragically lost their parents in a murder-suicide that authorities say was a result of domestic violence. Kansas mom Kristin Florio-Gile was shot and killed by her husband a little over a week ago, leaving behind six kids ranging in age from 3 to 12 years old.

  • Florio-Gile was in the process of leaving her abusive husband when he allegedly took her life on October 6.

    Randy Gile II had previously been booked into Sedgwick County Jail in September on charges of multiple counts of aggravated assault, as well as criminal threats. Florio-Gile had taken her six children and moved into her parents' house. But on October 6, thinking her ex was still in jail, Florio-Gile and her father, Rick, returned to her home to pick up some clothing and get bunk beds for the kids.

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  • Unfortunately, Randy Gile II was out of jail and reportedly followed the pair in a rented car and began shooting at them.

    Rick Florio was shot three times but is expected to recover. According to the GoFundMe account set up for the children by their mom's cousin, Rick did everything he could to protect his daughter from her ex, but ultimately she was run off the road and shot to death before her ex turned the gun on himself.

  • Their children -- Kayleigh, 12, Jacob, 11, Alivia, 10, Jackson, 7, Sophia, 5, and Colton, 3 -- are now living with their grandparents.

    Money raised via the GoFundMe page will be used for "funeral expenses for Kristin as she was a stay at home mom, [a] vehicle to hold 8 people so they can all ride together, clothing, shoes, winter coats, toiletries, sports equipment, school supplies, daycare, etc. for the kids."

  • Keri McGregor, director of a Kansas domestic violence shelter, tells KWCH this is the sixth abuse-related murder in the area this year.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and McGregor explained just how widespread the problem is. “We are full," she told KWCH of the shelter where she works. "Oftentimes, we turn away roughly 60 people a month who are in need safe emergency shelter, so that number has been that high for several years now."

    According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 15 percent of all violent crime is related to intimate partner violence, and one in four women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

    What happened to Kristin Florio-Gile is sadly all too common, and it's heartbreaking to think of the impact it's had on her children and on her entire family. If you or someone you know is being abused by a partner, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) for confidental support, 24/7.