February 24, 2015 9:40 pm
Updated: February 26, 2015 12:43 am

Ontario woman among victims in fatal Texas shooting involving soldier


WATCH: Carey Marsden reports on how a community in Kingston is banding together to help support the three-year-old son of Dawn Giffa.

TORONTO – A woman from Kingston, Ont. was among three people killed in Texas by a soldier who then shot himself after an apparent domestic dispute Sunday night, according to local police.

Dawn Giffa, 28, was married to Atase Giffa, 30, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood, said police in Killeen, Tex.

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According to media reports police were responding to 911 calls about gunfire at two residences Sunday evening. When they arrived they found Lydia Farina, 31, and Larry Guzman, 40, shot to death. Another unidentified 41-year-old woman had been shot but survived.

Police discovered the Giffas’ bodies at a second residence nearby.

“They all knew each other,” said police spokeswoman Carroll Smith. “Everybody knew each other.”

Smith said police continue to investigate a motive for the shooting. She said officers had been to the Giffa house before for a domestic disturbance call.

Fort Hood officials said in a statement Tuesday that Spc. Giffa had been deployed to Afghanistan from October, 2010 to October, 2011.

Dawn Giffa’s Canadian family told Kingston’s CKWS the pair met while Spc. Giffa was stationed at Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y. before moving to Texas together. The couple have a 3-year-old named Keoni who is still in Texas.

Donnie Larson, Dawn’s father, travelled to Texas on Monday to bring Keoni back to Canada, said a Kingston resident who asked to remain anonymous.

Family friend Shelly Gordon set up a crowdfunding page to raise money needed to transport Dawn Giffa’s body back to Canada.

“This tragedy is to say the least another [example] of domestic abuse in our world that has to stop,” Gordon wrote on the GoFundMe page.

*With a file from the Associated Press


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