Fairfield Tragedy: A Follow-Up

From all indications, Tuesday’s horror in Fairfield was domestic violence.

Responding to a report of a “violent domestic assault,” police found Christopher Andrews’ wife stabbed in the head. His 12-year-old son had been nearly killed with a baseball bat. His other 2 children were also injured. When Andrews approached a Fairfield police officer with a knife — and ignored repeated requests to drop it — the policeman shot and killed him.

Fairfield town sealThe tragedy put a spotlight on domestic violence. Yesterday, “06880” offered resources for victims, via the Westport Police Department. The town of Fairfield and the the Center for Family Justice — an advocacy group — planned a vigil for tomorrow, on the Old Town Hall Green.

Now the event has been canceled. According to the Connecticut Post, the Andrews family does not want “domestic violence” to be associated with the event.

Three friends of the family told the paper that what happened Tuesday is completely out of character for Andrews, a New York lawyer.

A statement by a family representative said:

Kathleen and her family are shocked and devastated by this tragedy, and continue to ask for prayers as she and her family heal. They respectfully request that no one pass any judgment on any of their family including Christopher Andrews and they respectfully request that their privacy be honored during this very difficult time.

The vigil will not take place. First Selectman Michael Tetreau urged residents to support the Andrews “in any way the family deem appropriate.”

3 responses to “Fairfield Tragedy: A Follow-Up

  1. Hi Dan, this is tragic from all angles and no one should be standing in judgement. The Andrews family needs our support, and there is a Go Fund Me page set up for medical expenses, etc. It has already raised some funds but I am sure they can use all the help they can get. Here is the link.

    https://www.gofundme.com/rhpbg2ac

    Money aside, we all need to have this family in our prayers.

  2. Oops – now I see that further down you already posted the Go Fund Me link. Well not a bad idea to repeat it.

  3. sandra johnson

    My heartfelt prayers go out to the Andrews family re this horrific tragedy! However, domestic violence is a REAL and LIVE issue in Fairfield county and should not be ignored. I was a volunteer for many years at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk. The number of domestic violence cases is unbelievable , and YES it does happen to all groups of people!! I am sorry that the family feels the vigil should not take place. However, I am hoping that all people who want to help with the issue of domestic violence send a donation to the organization. There are safe places for people to go and there is counseling available to anyone who may need it. All is confidential The police in all the towns are also aware of the help and how anyone can receive that help.
    Domestic Violence Crisis Center – River Street = Norwalk, CT 06851