Update: Victim of hammer attack succumbs to injuries

The Kelowna woman whose son allegedly attacked her with a hammer earlier this month, succumbed to her injuries over the weekend.

Kate Grossmith, 57, died in a Kelowna hospital room, Saturday, police reported.

Now Conor Frederick Grossmith, 24, should soon see charges of  attempted murder, assault with a weapon and aggravated assault upgraded to murder or manslaughter.

"Police will be recommending that the charges be amended as a result of the death of the victim," said Const. Kris Clark.


Sept. 18, 2012

Colleagues and friends of a family devastated by a an act of violence late last week  are rallying together to help show their support.

"I can assure you that, on behalf of everyone on the United Way board staff, our heart goes out to the Grossmith family," said Marla O'Brien, the executive director at the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan.

"There are a lot of support networks who will reach out to help, if we can."

O'Brien recently took over the high profile role at the United Way from Harry Grossmith, whose family was plunged into crisis last Thursday.

His wife, Kate Grossmith, 57, was allegedly attacked with a hammer by their 24-year-old son, Conor Frederick Grossmith.

Kate remains in critical condition, while Conor has been charged with Attempted Murder, Assault with a Weapon and Aggravated assault. He appeared in court to face the charges Monday, and will return Oct. 1.

Few details have been released on the crime that happened at the family home shortly after 9 pm Sept. 13, or the series of events that  led to it, but O'Brien said it was far from expected news.

"We all care deeply about Harry and his entire family," she said.

"We have corresponded with him and we understand he has family coming to help him at this time and if there's anything to do, we will."

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