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Jul 30, 2012 6:55 PM by Lacey Steele

Massachusetts father shoots children before killing himself

A 9-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a weekend shooting in Massachusetts at the hands of his father, who police say also killed his 7-year-old daughter before committing suicide.

A hospital spokeswoman said Monday shooting victim Owen Benway was in critical condition.

Authorities say the children's father, 41-year-old Daryl Benway, separated from his wife just weeks before opening fire Saturday at the family's home in Oxford, 60 miles south of Boston.

Oxford schools superintendent Allen Himmelberger says a vigil is set for Monday night in the town center.

Schools officials are offering grief counseling.

The late 7-year-old Abigail Benway was to start second grade soon at Chaffee Elementary School.

Friends and neighbors say Daryl Benway recently lost his job and feared foreclosure.

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