'Taken too soon, too violently,' says Ont. woman whose husband, kids were shot dead


A woman who lost her husband and three of her children in a grisly shooting in Oshawa, Ontario told mourners today that she and her surviving son are struggling to come to grips with the loss.

Loretta Traynor said simply getting from one day to the next sometimes feels like an ``impossible task.''

Traynor, who was injured in the September 4th shooting, spoke alongside her son Sam, a university student, at a funeral service for their four family members.

Traynor said the four were ``taken too soon, too violently, and without warning,'' adding, she can't believe or accept that any good will come out of their tragic deaths.

Traynor, who used a wheelchair during the service, called them ``the best of me.''

Speaking after his mother, Sam Traynor described the family home as ``chaotic'' and ``always so full of joy and love,'' and urged people to remember the happiness the four brought rather than the tragedy of their deaths.

Fifty-year-old Chris Traynor and the couple's children, 20-year-old Bradley Traynor, 15-year-old Adelaide Traynor and 11-year-old Joseph Traynor were killed in their home earlier this month.

Durham regional police have identified the shooter as 48-year-old Mitchell Lapa, who is also related to the family.

Media reports say he is Loretta Traynor's brother.

Police say Lapa died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.