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The victims of a deadly domestic violence incident near 2200 W. Roy Rogers Road at I-17 and Jomax have been named. 

Shannon Hursh, 46, died at the hospital after being transported by the Phoenix Fire Department, and her 13-year-old son, Caden Sarver, died several days later at the hospital, according to a family friend.  

The 53-year-old suspect and the teen’s dad, Paul Sarver, was pronounced dead October 25 at the scene after being shot by two responding police officers, according to Sgt. Maggie Cox, Phoenix Police Department spokeswoman. 

Officers found their 11-year-old daughter at a neighbor’s house unscathed, according to the authorities.

A GoFundMe titled “Gone too soon” was created to raise money for Hursh’s funeral expenses. In addition, money raised will go to Hursh’s mother to help take care of the two children, the website stated before Caden died. 

“Shannon was an amazing mother and friend who was valued and loved beyond measure,” the GoFundMe’s organizer, Pamala Brown, wrote on the page. “Her presence and life is (sic) already truly missed by many. She loved her kids more then (sic) words can describe and did everything she could for them.”

Police arrived on the scene at around 10 p.m., responding to multiple 911 calls about a fight. 

A neighbor called the police after Sarver asked if he could borrow a gun to commit suicide, Cox said. Sarver is believed to have made additional 911 calls asking to send police but was reportedly “evasive” with the operator about what was happening at the scene.

Once the two responding officers arrived, Sarver appeared from behind a parked car in the driveway of his house, approached the police officers while holding an object they perceived as a gun, Cox said.

Sarver said he was armed while pointing what appeared to be a gun at one of the officers, prompting both of the officers to open fire, Cox said. 

After that, the officers arrested Sarver and provided aid; however, he was pronounced dead at the scene. It was later found that the object that was believed to be a gun was actually a “black hard-shell eyeglasses case.”

As more police officers arrived, they went inside the house and found Hursh and Caden “with obvious signs of trauma,” the police information states. 

Hursh and Caden were injured by blunt force trauma. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

“Please, send prayers to these children who not only lost their mom—their rock—but lost both of their parents,” Brown wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Prayers to the family and friends that are unable to wrap their minds and hearts around this tragic incident.”

According to CDC data, about 1 in 5 women as well as around 1 in 7 men experience “severe physical violence” from an intimate partner, adding that “intimate partner violence is a significant public issue.”

Brown raised awareness for domestic violence survivors in the GoFundMe information, listing a hotline, 1-800-799-7233, that offers 24/7 assistance. 

“Shannon deserved more in life. Domestic violence is incomprehensible.”

The officers who were involved in the shooting are a 22-year-old male with two years of service and a 40-year-old male with one year of service. 

To donate to the GoFundMe, visit https://bit.ly/3kFc0VK.