3 dead in murder-suicide near Lake Wo...

3 dead in murder-suicide near Lake Worth, police say

There are 32 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jan 12, 2008, titled 3 dead in murder-suicide near Lake Worth, police say. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

“If he wanted to end his life, do it. But to end their lives is unbelievable.”

A man shot and killed his wife and 4-year-old son Thursday, then turned the gun on himself in the home he once lived in, sheriff's detectives said.

There were no signs of forced entry at the house in the 2000 block of Collier Avenue. Co-workers of Sydney Gift, an X-ray technician at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, found it odd when she didn't come to work Friday. One co-worker with a key to Gift's house went there about 9 a.m. with a Lake Worth police lieutenant and opened the door to the gruesome scene. Gift was found in the bathroom and her son in the living room, next to his father, the Sheriff's Office said. Read more

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Arcadia, FL

#22 Jan 16, 2009
And as i DO feel for the family of the father...still, I believe , Olive, that you are in the most serious form of denial. As a counselor for patients with addictions, PTSD and grief , I cannot understand, AT ALL, how you can keep making excuses for what happened.Especially since you have had a year to come to terms with the FACTS. That MURDER is a heinous crime...and suicide is the COWARDLY way out of a situation that he was obviously constitutionally incapable of dealing with.Your statements make it seem as though the father was the victim. Wake up, dear. And step into reality. The Gift's had to...and now it's time for you to do the same. Quit blaming gun laws, the courts, and any other pathetic piece of American stautes that you can blame...GUNS do not kill people. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. PERIOD. End of story.

Salvagnac, France

#23 Feb 4, 2009
Zoe wrote:
Quit blaming gun laws, the courts, and any other pathetic piece of American stautes that you can blame...GUNS do not kill people. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. PERIOD. End of story.
guns do not kill people...a typical, premium, nonsense cliché......
"Apparent accidental shooting by boy kills 10-year-old
A 10-year-old boy was shot in the head - apparently by accident - and fatally wounded by a 'young child' wielding a stolen handgun in a house west of Lake Worth this afternoon, authorities said "(today's Lake Worth News)
and I'm sorry it's an example amoung hundreds, in no other country one can buy guns as easily as in US. Thanks freedom...

Salvagnac, France

#24 Feb 4, 2009
Zoe wrote:
still, I believe , Olive, that you are in the most serious form of denial. As a counselor for patients with addictions, PTSD and grief , I cannot understand, AT ALL, how you can keep making excuses for what happened.Especially since you have had a year to come to terms with the FACTS.

Dear Zoe,
my contribution here was in Feb or March, so NOT a year after the facts, but, anyway...thanks for your free consulting session ... but I have my own trick cyclist :-). hopefully, SHE happens to be a real PROFESSIONAL, who would never give such a hasty dignostic on such a thread (what about your rules of ethic ?),
Please, do me a favour : stop your FUTILE arguments, all you do is reinforcing my (european) prejudices... OR behave like the professional you pretend to be.


#25 Sep 14, 2009
I knew Sydney briefly as a patient she worked with. I was down in the dumps today and wondered who misses others when they are gone and for some reason I googled her name. I am so sorry you miss your friend. I did get to meet Julian. Actually, he was all she talked about for about a 3 hour appointment where I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her office was full of his photos and drawings, a comfort to anyone trying to get their mind off testing. When I left I felt I had made a friend, one of those nice types that you will always receive glad tidings from. My disease has been under control and I wish I could let her know. I think of her as my guardian angel, I am sure she is watching over you too.
jim esser

Corpus Christi, TX

#26 Oct 9, 2009
I knew Sydney, we were lovers years ago, long before all this, and just found out yesterday (10/08/09)that this happened.
I loved her deeply, like few women I have ever known, I miss her, and now I will never have the chance to see her again or meet her son.
No one deserves this. When we broke up, I was devastated, but never had the slightest thought to harm her, but her friends painted me as a mean person. How strange that she ended up marrying someone , giving someone else everything I wanted, that really was mean to her. Anyone who does this is sick and evil, sorry for her family and his family, but he deserves no mercy before God, neither for murder nor suicide. To kill a mother and child, despicable, madness of the first order.
Sydney was artistic visually and poetically, lover of great music, enchanting sense of humor. I remember her well, she lives in my heart, no matter how we ended.
Goodbye Sydney, I still miss you.
Wondering If

United States

#27 Oct 10, 2009
Stumbled upon this thread, was this man on psychiatric medication that made him violent? There has been talk of that on the news, sometimes meds or sudden withdrawl from meds can make one violent.

Toulouse, France

#28 Oct 11, 2009
I am sorry if I awake bad memories to those who loved Sydney and Julian, Jim I'm so sorry that you learned her story in these circumstances, I wish she never met my brother, sorry I have no other words to express my sorrow.

Toulouse, France

#29 Oct 11, 2009
About police records/medical secrecy,
I'm Alexander Tomas elder sister as mentionned in a previous comment,I live in France so I know very little about US laws and medical secrecy in your country.I was wondering if medical records are made available to the familly after a violent crime ? I had to implore my dad to send me the "Palm Beach Sheriff's office offense report" he finally received in June 2009(the tradedy happend Jan.2008), I finally was abble to read it 2 weeks ago only. I didn't learn anything new (except a lot of information about the gun!), and there's nothing about my brother's mental health, though he was treated for depression by his family doctor and was seeing a psych...! Does the Police interrogate the praticians ? do they "broke" the medical secrecy ? How could I have information on these aspects knowing my father is not going to help me, as for him this is a closed subject, but not for me. I have a husband, a young daughter, there might important information to bring to our knowledge.
Thanks for your help in advance.

Toulouse, France

#30 Oct 11, 2009
My answer to "Wondering if" did not show for some
reason, there's another attempt :
a prescription for a common SSRI's antidrepressant was found in his car by the Police. My father and I found several prescriptions in his room, for many different molecules in the past 6 months befeore the tragedy, made by the same family doctor. I believe either he never took the medecines long time enough for them to be efficient on his major depression symptoms, or he did take the antidepressent, but instead of helping him while he was struggling with despair they provoked adverse side effects. we' ll never know.

Since: Oct 09

Boca Raton, FL

#31 Oct 12, 2009
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James S

New Orleans, LA

#32 Apr 26, 2013
I knew Sydney as a kid in Naples, Florida. I would stop by her house after my piano lesson and she was always a lovely girl. Great smile and sense of humor. We lost touch in the mid 90's, but I often wondered about her. Very saddened to Google her and read about this tragedy. My thoughts go out to her sister and parents. They were always lovely people. RIP Syd.
Windjammer Friend

West Yarmouth, MA

#33 Jan 4, 2016
This is way out of the past but my wife and I were on a Windjammer Cruise and met Sidney. She was with her parents I believe and we spent a day in a rental jeep touring an island. I remember her as a beautiful girl who really seemed to enjoy the cruising experience. As fate would have it we were forced to overnight in San Juan and ended up splitting a hotel room with Sidney. Somehow I still remember her name and meeting her. I might even have a picture of her on the cruise. I'm just a person out of the past who briefly met Sydney but did not forget her. Best to all...

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