It happens in upscale, educated homes

31 year old Olga and her husband Alexander Astashkevich were separated. They had a 6 year old son together.

Yesterday, Astashkevich arrived at the home and when Olga opened the door, he shot her with a 12 gauge shotgun. The 6 year old boy may have seen it. After shooting his wife, Astashkevich went upstairs and talked with his son. He told the boy he had shot his mother, and that he was going to kill himself. He then tried to call 911 and tell them that he shot his wife and that he was going to kill himself, and then handed the phone to his son. Dispatch told the boy to take the phone into a bathroom and lock himself in. While talked with 911, there was another gunshot.

The boy has told police that his parents had been split up about a year and they argued a lot. Police had been to the home only the night before on a domestic dispute call.

A quote from the article:

Astashkevich’s boss, hedge-fund mogul Jim Simons, said his employee “was quite well off” but added, “I think money was an issue between them.

“He was estranged from his wife, and obviously under some kind of terrible strain,” said Simons, the head of Renaissance Technologies, where Astashkevich worked as a researcher.

“He seemed like a good father … He seemed like a loving parent. But obviously, something terrible happened.”

Simons said Astashkevich received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Astashkevich lived in a one-bedroom, luxury pad near his family so that he could still see his son, one neighbor said.

“He was a very friendly guy. He didn’t seem like he had any problems,” the neighbor said.

Now there is a 6 year old kid, whose last memories of his parents are of arguments, loud gunshots, and bloody bodies. There are family in Russia, who police are trying to reach. Most likely, they are not only going to be grieving, they are going to be very bewildered as to what went happened, what went so wrong.

And the arguments? It is thought they were over money. So important in a families lives at times, but worth so very little in the end.


1 Comment

  1. thpunishrr said,

    February 28, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    Utter selfishness!

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