Yana and Anatoli Kolenda

 

Two 11-year-olds, adopted at age 7 in Russia, by Richard and Gienia Kolenda, died in 2002--nearly five years after their arrival in America. Their adoptive father stabbed them and his wife to death at their home in Westfield, Mass., then fatally shot himself. The Kolenda's were both Polish immigrants, and had financial troubles.

Date: 2002-10-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Westfield, Massachusetts
United States
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Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children2007-11-01
Adoptee deaths rare, experts say 12 Russian cases troubling, puzzling2004-05-21
SIMILARITIES ARE FOUND IN SERIES OF FAMILY KILLINGS; MONEY, SELF-ESTEEM WOES ARE NOTED IN THREE CASES 2003-01-18
Boston globe: In Memoriam - 2002 murders2002-12-31
Yana Kolenda - Obit2002-10-25
Toli Kolenda (Obituary)2002-10-25
Family died 'a terrible death' 2002-10-23
MONEY WOES SEEN AS MOTIVE FOR SLAYINGS; UNEMPLOYED WESTFIELD MAN KILLED FAMILY 2002-10-22
Former Florida Man Known for Helping Stray Cats Kills Family, Self2002-10-21
Man who helped stray cats at Mayport kills family, self2002-10-21
POLICE SAY MAN KILLED FAMILY, SELF2002-10-21
Anatoli Kolenda - Funeral Home Obit2002-10-20
Gienia Kolenda - Funeral Hom Obit2002-10-20
Richard Kolenda - Funeral Home Obit2002-10-20
Yana Kolenda - Funeral Home Obit2002-10-20
Family helps cats find homes2001-07-09
A bitter pill - Former franchisees find GNC's practices hard to swallow 2001-01-31
FRANCHISE FUROR 2000-11-12
Flurry of lawsuits against GNC sheds light on rough-and-tumble world of franchising 2000-11-12
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