August 01, 2013
Word that a local veteran was involved in a murder-suicide on the evening of July 29 hit the Northampton Community College community hard.
The tragedy happened at the home of Robert Kislow III, a graduate of NCC's automotive technology program. News reports indicated that Kislow shot and killed his fiancee's mother and then committed suicide.
Kislow served in the military in Afghanistan where he suffered serious injuries in an attack near Kabul. He enrolled at NCC after multiple surgeries that included the amputation of part of his right leg.
He was open about struggling with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but as this article indicates, he was determined to put his troubles behind him and to lead a full and active life that involved starting his own automotive business and helping other veterans.
Faculty and staff who knew Kislow describe him as "a bright, energetic warrior," and someone who "was all about helping others."
He leaves behind a fiancée, two children, parents, grandparents, brothers and a sister, an aunt, cousins, friends, broken dreams, and a lot of broken hearts.