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Whitefish murder makes international headlines

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Mar 11 2013 09:08:27 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 11 2013 09:12:44 PM MDT
WHITEFISH, Mont. -

Whitefish police officers had no new details to release Monday in the murder-suicide that occurred last Thursday, but they said the investigation is ongoing. 

According to Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial, 41-year-old Wayne Bengston shot Sportsman Channel host Gregory Rodriguez in the Whitefish home of Bengston’s wife’s mother.

Dial says Bengston’s wife met Rodriguez at a trade show, and officers don’t believe their association was romantic. Officers say Bengston later killed himself at his West Glacier home.

The story has generated news headlines across the world, leading to debates in the comments sections of news outlet websites. Some commenters have brought the incident into the debate about gun control in the United States.

“If you don’t know both sides of the story, the reason guns are good and bad, then you shouldn’t be talking about, or even worried about guns,” said Flathead resident Colton Christensen.

Some Montanans NBC Montana spoke with expressed shock that the incident happened in Whitefish, and discussed the international attention the news has created. 

“[I’m] definitely surprised to find out that this happened in our valley, because we are such a close community. Other places, I can definitely see how they would react very strangely to this, I guess, because they don’t have so many guns,” said Whitefish resident William Gerber.