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Mother Killed As Children Watch

October 21, 1997

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) _ A 23-year-old mother was shot and killed this morning in front of her three children and more than a dozen other youngsters as they waited for a school bus. Police were searching for her ex-husband.

Annie Glenn was walking the children, ages 2, 4 and 5, to the bus stop when a man pulled up in a car, argued with her and fired several shots at her, Police Chief Ed Davis said.

A passing police officer saw the 4- and 5-year-olds clutching their mother’s hands as she lay face-down on the ground, Davis said.

``He started doing CPR on the scene with her children still there,″ police spokesman Patrick Cook said. An associate pastor of a nearby church, who had heard the gunshots, came out and said a prayer. But the efforts were in vain; Glenn was later pronounced dead at Saints Memorial Hospital.

At least 16 children who had been waiting at the bus stop were questioned by investigators.

No arrest was made, but police were seeking Glenn’s ex-husband, Richard Kenney, 35, for questioning. Kenney’s 1984 black Mercury Cougar was spotted at the shooting scene, Davis said.

Authorities said he has an extensive criminal record and was considered extremely dangerous.

Cook said the woman and her children had spent the night at House of Hope, a family homeless shelter. It was not immediately clear if the family was homeless or had just gone there to keep away from Kenney.

Kathy Kelley, the director of a local battered women’s shelter, said she was called by the police domestic violence unit this morning and told to be on alert to help the family. She also was told they might need to add the woman’s name to a list to be read at a candlelight vigil planned tonight for domestic violence victims.

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