Couple identified in Waconia Twp incident

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of a suspicious incident in Waconia Township at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8.
Carver County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and found a deceased adult male and female in a residence. The two adults were later identified as Kenneth and Beverly Gongoll, both 62.
Both died as a result of gunshot wounds. According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary information obtained during the investigation indicates Kenneth first shot and killed Beverly before turning the firearm on himself and taking his own life.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said that no suspects are being sought in this case and there is no reason to believe the community is in any danger. The matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.
In response to this incident, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women and more than 70 participating organizations, agencies, universities and individuals will raise the Live Free Without Violence flag for one week in honor of Beverly Gongoll and Minnesota’s victims of domestic violence homicide. The Live Free Without Violence flag aims to raise domestic violence awareness and spark conversations across Minnesota.
According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Beverly Gongoll is Minnesota’s fourth known victim of domestic violence in 2014. Domestic violence is present in the overwhelming majority of murder-suicides that occur in the United States. Medical studies estimate there are between 1,000 to 1,500 murder-suicides in the United States each year and that three quarters are intimate partner murder-suicides. Of Minnesota’s 25 femicides in 2013, nine were victims of a homicide-suicide.
Individuals, businesses, organizations and agencies are all invited to be a part of the Live Free Without Violence campaign. For more information about the flag campaign and domestic violence, contact Becky Smith at [email protected] or visit the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women’s website at
If you are a victim experiencing abuse, contact Day One at (866) 223-1111 or contact Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women, which serves Carver and Scott counties, at or (952) 873-4214.