Westport schools closed today as community mourns deaths of mother, 7-year-old daughter

Today was supposed to be the last day of classes at Coleytown Elementary School, but instead it'll remain closed along with Stepping Stones Preschool, which is located inside Coleytown, as the community continues to grieve.

News 12 Staff

Jun 21, 2021, 9:57 AM

Updated 1,071 days ago

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Two Westport schools will be closed again today following the deaths of a 7-year-old student and her mother.
Today was supposed to be the last day of classes at Coleytown Elementary School, but instead it'll remain closed along with Stepping Stones Preschool, which is located inside Coleytown, as the community continues to grieve.
The school superintendent sent out a letter to parents which reads in part, "As our community mourns the tragic loss of one of our beloved students and her mother, I want to provide assurance that the school district is actively working to support those closest to this unspeakable loss. A plan for mental health and grief counselors is being developed for those most impacted."
Police responded to 1 Lyndale Park Thursday afternoon on a report of an unresponsive female. They say they found both 46-year-old Tracy Do and her 7-year-old daughter Layla Malon dead.
The medical examiner has ruled their deaths an apparent murder-suicide.
Officials say the daughter, who attended Coleytown, was drowned. They say Do then killed herself from sharp force injuries to her torso and extremities.
According to court documents, Do separated from her long-time partner Eric Malon last year. They were never married but had been in a relationship since 2004. They had two children together, the 7-year-old who was killed and also a 13-year-old. Court documents show Do and Malon were in the middle of a custody battle.
They were also involved in legal disputes over money and whether Do would be evicted from the home on Lyndale Park.
Meanwhile, the community continues to mourn the losses as neighbors stop by the home to drop off flowers.
First Selectman Jim Marpe offered his condolences and added that the community will come together to support the family.
Coleytown students will be allowed in school today to retrieve their belongings before summer break.


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