Gresham woman kills 2 young children, herself in midst of custody battle

A lady killed her two youthful children in their Gresham apartment this 7 days as she was in the midst of an acrimonious custody fight with her former husband or wife, in accordance to family members, police and court docket information.

Ashley Palmer, 31, of Gresham, daughter Kayleana Beatrice Palmer, 6, and son Xavier Rayvaughn Threat Palmer, 8, died from gunshot wounds in a murder-suicide, law enforcement mentioned Wednesday.

Gresham officers located the 3 dead soon after being termed about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday to do a welfare check out at an apartment in the 700 block of Southeast 185th Avenue, a complicated identified as Rockwood Village.

Ashley Palmer had divided from her spouse, Jenavie Palmer, in 2018. Jenavie Palmer informed The Oregonian/OregonLive that the few divorced two decades later on and they had been in the midst of a “pretty bad” custody dispute.

“We ended up in the middle of demo and the little ones were being likely again and forth concerning our homes,” said Jenavie Palmer, 34, of Portland. Ashley Palmer was struggling with the prospect of obtaining to share custody of the children, she explained.

Jenavie Palmer mentioned she received a disturbing text from Ashley Palmer about midnight, several hours ahead of the young children were uncovered useless. The concept integrated a YouTube link to a music playlist with the phrases “mother youngsters murder suicide 2022.” Jenavie Palmer stated she named 911 and police responded but did not get into the apartment.

She reported police informed her to wait around until finally early morning to check out on the young children.

Ashley Palmer’s mother also referred to as law enforcement to inquire them to verify on her daughter and grandchildren, Jenavie Palmer stated.

The children attended Bridger School in Southeast Portland, exactly where Xavier was in 2nd quality and his sister was in kindergarten.

“Our hearts are with the school group in this time, and we are producing supplemental resources and supports offered to students, employees, and people,” Portland General public Educational institutions reported in a statement.

Jenavie Palmer stated Xavier liked video clip video games, trains, Legos and playing in the waves at the seaside. “He was sensible and whole of enjoy,” she explained. “He was so caring.”

Kayleana liked unicorns and was an astounding painter, Jenavie Palmer explained. “She applied to make up tunes about contacting the unicorns to arrive so she could play with them,” she claimed.

Jenavie Palmer past noticed her youngsters the weekend before Mother’s Working day weekend. She was meant to get them back again on Tuesday.

When she very last spoke with the young ones, she reported, they ended up happy and wanting ahead to seeing her.

“They were being loved,” she said. “They experienced their whole lives ahead of them and it was stolen from them. They are likely to be incredibly, incredibly missed.”

Gresham law enforcement originally released very little info about the loss of life investigation Tuesday, only that they did not consider any person was in even further danger.

Residence administration experienced posted fliers on the walls of the intricate and tenants been given text messages stating a “tragic incident” had happened but no other facts, explained resident Alana Parker, 57.

Gresham Law enforcement responded to the third-flooring of Building C of the Rockwood Village affordable housing intricate on Tuesday, residents claimed. (Zane Sparling/Staff members)

“I knew someone experienced died,” Parker mentioned. “I just would like she could have talked to any individual or anything to just provide her out of that method.”

The sprawling cost-effective housing advanced opened in August and features parks and courtyards surrounded by several four-story structures.

Numerous people explained the capturing took place on the third floor of Developing C.

Courtroom records demonstrate that the couple’s custody battle turned ever more contentious around time as Ashley Palmer claimed twice in court docket that her young children faced imminent damage if Jenavie Palmer was permitted partial custody.

Multnomah County Circuit Choose Xiomara Torres granted the to start with quick hazard get in July 2021 but dismissed it later on that month after deciding the two young children were not in risk. Torres also dismissed Ashley Palmer’s 2nd request for an rapid hazard get on the day it was submitted on Feb. 22.

In April, Jenavie Palmer sought to divide parenting similarly, saying in a court docket filing that Ashley Palmer experienced been charged with domestic violence in opposition to her when the couple lived in Idaho, but the charge had been pleaded down to disturbing the peace.

“Every time that (Ashley Palmer) has not gotten her way, she has petitioned the courtroom for an speedy hazard purchase,” Erin O’Riley, a attorney for Jenavie Palmer, wrote in the submitting.

Loved ones good friends have begun a Gofundme account to help pay for the children’s funeral expenses.

— Noelle Crombie [email protected] 503-276-7184 @noellecrombie

–Savannah Eadens [email protected] 503-221-6651 @savannaheadens

— Zane Sparling [email protected] 503-319-7083 @pdxzane