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Posted on: October 28, 2015

[ARCHIVED] REMEMBER MY STORY: William Bottenfield, 13, and Ashley Boyce, 43

William Bottenfield and Ashley Boyce were killed at separate locations on consecutive days in February 2004.

Benjamin Bottenfield killed his 13-year-son, William, on a Sunday inside their Denver apartment.

William, a Cocalico Middle School 7th-grader, was found fatally shot and strangled on his bed.

His friends and family remember him as an “honorable son and witty, trustworthy friend.”

A day after killing William, Benjamin Bottenfield repeatedly shot to death 43-year-old Ashley Boyce, who was his ex-girlfriend.

Benjamin Bottenfield attacked Boyce at a New Holland gym she co-owned and was opening for the day, shooting her at least five times in the back.

Boyce had filed for a protection-from-abuse ordered a month earlier.

Family recalled her “enthusiasm” for fitness and how she “touched many hearts.”

After the killings, Benjamin Bottenfield fled to a cabin near Altoona, set the cabin on fire, and fatally shot himself.

William Bottenfield and Boyce are two of 15 individuals from Lancaster County with memorials on display across the county this month for the national Silent Witness program, which commemorates lives lost to domestic violence. Two of the 15 individuals were carrying children at the time of their death.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office gathered information from friends and families of those lost, for display in the Silent Witness exhibits.

A special thank you to the following who shared their spaces: Stevens College, Millersville University, Elizabethtown College, Lancaster General Health, and New Life Church.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;

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