Oregon Mom Kills 2 Children, Herself in Midst of Custody Battle

Ashley Palmer, 31, of Gresham, daughter Kayleana Beatrice Palmer, 6, and son Xavier Rayvaughn Danger Palmer, 8, died from gunshot wounds in a murder-suicide, police said Wednesday.

Ashley Palmer had separated from her spouse, Jenavie Palmer, in 2018. Jenavie Palmer told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the couple divorced two years later and they were in the midst of a “pretty bad” custody dispute.

“We were in the middle of trial and the children were going back and forth between our houses,” said Jenavie Palmer, 34, of Portland. Ashley Palmer was facing the prospect of having to share custody of the children, she said.

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