Father of Kaylin Gilis, who was killed in a driveway shooting, says he wishes the suspect would ‘die in prison’

Andrew Gillis, father of Kaylin Gillis, who was fatally shot in upstate New York after turning up the wrong driveway, says he hopes the shooting suspect "dies in jail."

The father of Kaylin Gilis, a young Upstate New York who was allegedly shot dead after turning in the wrong driveway Saturday, expressed his hope that the suspect “dies” in prison.

According to Washington County officials, Kevin Monahan is facing a second-degree murder charge for the shooting.

Andrew Gillis, Kaylin’s father, told a press conference on Wednesday after Monahan’s bail was denied in court. “And I hope to God that this man dies in prison.”

Gillis said that his daughter, who is 20 years old, was “an honor student” with “hopes and dreams” to “become a marine scientist or veterinarian.”



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According to an online obituary, Kaylin Gillis was fond of dolphins and goats. She wanted to become a veterinarian or marine scientist.

He said, “She loved animals.” This man has taken that from us.




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According to Washington County Sherriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, Kaylin and her friends were driving to a party in the vehicle of her boyfriend Blake Walsh on Saturday night. However, they turned into the wrong driveway when their service and sun went out.

Andrew Gills, the father of Kaylin Gillis – a young New Yorker who was allegedly shot dead after turning in the wrong driveway Saturday – said that he hoped the suspect would “die in jail”. ”

Monahan is said to have fired at Kaylin.




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Gillis stated Wednesday that “the first time Blake saw me after this incident, he told me, ‘It is all my fault’.” “And I replied, ‘No one is at fault, except that man who pulled the trigger.'” You had no idea something so bad could happen in the backcountry.

Kaylin Gilis was driving a car in upstate New York when the homeowner opened fire. The former high school cheerleader from nearby Schuylerville died of a gunshot wound. (Kaylin Gillis, Schuylerville Varsity Cheerleading/Facebook)

The 65-year old was described by neighbors who spoke with local media as being disgruntled, and cautious of trespassers.




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Adam Matthews (Monahan’s neighbor) told the New York Post that “it’s shocking but I’m also not surprised.” He had a short temper. It was clear he had an explosive temper.

Kevin D. Monahan, in a photo of him taken at the weekend. Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Christian Morris, Assistant District Attorney, described Monahan as “confrontational” and “hot-tempered” when he appeared in court Wednesday. Monahan had been charged with a misdemeanor from 1980 and a charge of aggravated assault from 2001.




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Monahan is scheduled to return to court on April 25, and prosecutors may bring additional charges.

Kaylin’s funeral has been scheduled for Friday. Kaylin’s family has asked for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or to the GoFundMe account set up in her honor.


Fox News Michael Ruiz, and The Associated Press, contributed to this report.

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