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Veteran dies in homicide/ suicide

  • TIMES NEWS file photo Army SPC Robert Kislow (right) receives the keys to his home during a ceremony in 2011.
    TIMES NEWS file photo Army SPC Robert Kislow (right) receives the keys to his home during a ceremony in 2011.
Published July 31. 2013 05:06PM

An Afghanistan War vet is dead after his role in a homicide/suicide inside the custom home built for his family in Danielsville.

Authorities say Robert Kislow III, 27, shot and killed his fiancee's mother and then turned the handgun on himself just before midnight on Monday in the home he shared with her and his family at 3001 Delps Road, Moore Township.

A 2004 graduate of Northampton Area High School, Kislow shot and killed Michelle Snyder, 44. Snyder's death was ruled a homicide, while Kislow's death was ruled a suicide.

Kislow's fiance, Amanda Snyder, their son and baby girl, were also inside the home at the time of the shootings, but were not injured, police say. Michelle Snyder was living with her daughter, Kislow, and his family at the time of the shootings.

The tragedy occurred at the home that was specially built for Kislow and his family in 2011 by Homes For Our Troops, based in Taunton, Mass, along with volunteers and local contractors.

In December of 2011, Kislow was escorted to his new home by fire trucks and motorcycles for opening ceremonies, where he was greeted with a hero's welcome.

Accompanied by his fiancee, Amanda Snyder, and their infant son, Brayden Hunter Kislow, Kislow was presented at that time with the keys to his new home, compliments of Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit organization that builds specially-adapted homes for severely injured veterans.

The home, located on about two acres of land, consists of three bedrooms and a bonus room, each of which include about 2,600-square feet of space.

Construction on the home began that July, with a three-day Build Brigade during which volunteers finished the frame, siding, and roof, and installed windows and doors.

The new specially-adapted home, which goes beyond ADA compliance, features open floor plans, automatic door openers, hard-surfaced floors, roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops, sinks and other features.

Kislow sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost his right leg after an attack in his first deployment to Afghanistan in June of 2005.

He was only two months into his first deployment when he was shot five times, which caused TBI and required the amputation of his right leg.

While on combat patrols in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, Kislow's team was on a mission to search out aggressive Taliban forces in the mountainous area when they were attacked by a large group of Taliban fighters.

Kislow's bulletproof vest may very well have saved his life, as the two shots that hit it did no damage. However, his Kevlar helmet was punctured by a bullet, which left him with TBI.

Kislow had taken over the forward marksman position for a wounded teammate when he was hit. He continued fighting until a medic arrived and carried him to the top of the mountain, where he was airlifted to the nearest Forward Operating Base.

Later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and finally to Walter Reed, Kislow spent 29 months enduring surgeries and therapies as he was recuperating.

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