Kaylin Gillis Obituary, New York homeowner killed 20-year-old woman after friend drove into wrong driveway
- john Gibson
Kaylin Gillis Obituary, Death – On Saturday night, a homeowner in Hebron, New York, killed a 20-year-old woman when her vehicle backed into his driveway. “Through the preliminary investigation, it was learned that the victim’s vehicle mistakenly pulled into the driveway at the Patterson Hill Road address,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news statement, naming the homeowner as Kevin D. Monahan, 65.
Kaylin A. Gillis was pronounced dead at the scene immediately after authorities arrived after Monahan “fired at least two shots” at her vehicle. “Monahan refused to leave his home to speak with police and was uncooperative with the investigation,” the department said in a statement, adding that he was caught after several hours with the help of the New York State officers Special Operation Response Team. In a press conference on Monday, Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy said that Gillis was riding in the vehicle with three other passengers seeking for a friend’s residence when the event occurred.
“It’s a very rural area, there’s dirt roads, there aren’t a lot of cellular services or any type of internet,” Murphy explained, adding that the group had driven up Monahan’s driveway “in error.” According to the police investigation, the group drove away from the property after shots were fired and called 911 when they arrived in the neighboring city of Salem. “This is a very sad case of some young adults who were looking for a friend’s house and ended up at this man’s house who decided to come out with a firearm and discharged,” Murphy explained, adding that the investigation is still in its early stages.
Monahan is being held at the Warren County Jail, according to Murphy, and will appear in court “in the near future.” At this point, it is unknown whether Monahan has legal representation. Beth Palleschi and Nikki Thomas reported in the description of a GoFundMe campaign set up following the tragedy that Gillis had “just turned 20 years old” when she “lost her life in a tragic shooting.” The campaign has so far raised more than $31,000 of its $50,000 goal. Donations will be directed to the Gillis family to assist with Kaylin’s funeral expenses as well as any immediate financial needs.