NH News
8:09 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Manchester YWCA Set To Reopen Tuesday

A memorial on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA last week for 9-year-old Joshua Savyon.
A memorial on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA last week for 9-year-old Joshua Savyon.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Manchester YWCA is set to reopen today, more than a week after police say a man shot and killed his 9-year-old son and then killed himself during a supervised visit.

The YWCA has been closed since the shooting on Aug. 11.

That’s when police say Muni Savyon brought up a gun into the facility and shot and killed his son, and then committed suicide.

Police say he had threatened to kill his son, his son’s mother and himself.

Domestic violence advocates say they hope the tragedy will lead to a greater focus on making sure children involved in these situations are kept safe.

Robin Christopherson is the head of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“If we’re going to narrow it down to what do you do in a domestic violence situation, I think you protect the children. And right now, parental rights trump the safety of children. And we need to change that.”

The boy’s mother was able to get a restraining order against Savyon last year, and he was allowed supervised visits.

Authorities say a metal detector was occasionally used at the YWCA for supervised visits, but one was not used on the day of the shooting.