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Prayer vigil held for boy in critical care, victim in Mass. father Daryl Benway's weekend attack

Lawrence, left, and Ann Miller, who have lived in Oxford for over 30 years, stand together at the beginning of a candle light vigil held on the town common in Oxford, Mass., on Monday, July 30, 2012. The vigil was in remembrance of 7-year-old Abigail Benway, slain by her father, and to pray for her 9-year-old brother, Owen Benway, who was also shot before their father, Daryl Benway, 41, took his own life in their home on Saturday.
Betty Jenewin,AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Lawrence (left) and Ann Miller, at a candlelight vigil in Oxford, Mass, to remember slain 7-year-old Abigail Benway, and pray for her wounded9-year-old brother, Owen Benway.
Betty Jenewin,AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette

(CBS/AP) OXFORD, Mass. - A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that 9-year-old Owen Benway is in critical condition and fighting for his life after his father Daryl Benway allegedly shot him in a weekend attack in Massachusetts. Police said the 41-year-old father also killed his daughter Abigail Benway, 7, before committing suicide.

Benway had separated from his wife just weeks before opening fire at the family's home in Oxford on Saturday, police said. Friends and neighbors reportedly said Benway was under extreme stress, having recently lost his job and fearful of foreclosure.

Nearly 1,000 people reportedly attended a prayer vigil in Oxford on Monday night, including friends and classmates of the children. Abigail was to start second grade at Chaffee Elementary School. Schools officials are offering grief counseling.

Kelleen Benway, the children's mother, posted a message on her Facebook page Monday saying, "I want to thank all that keep Abby and Owen in their prayers. I am truly devastated without my little girl and hanging on to my son with all I am. Please continue to pray for Owen."

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