Friday, September 19, 2014
"BELL, FL — Deputies said a man shot and killed his daughter, his six grandchildren and himself inside a home in the small town of Bell in Gilchrist County on Thursday.
"Deputies identified the shooter as 51-year-old Don Spirit and his daughter as 28-year-old Sarah Spirit.
"Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz released the names of the victims. In addition to Sarah Spirit, they were: Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11; Kylie Kuhlmann, 9; Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8; Destiny Stewart, 5; Brandon Stewart, 4; and Alanna Stewart, who was born in June.
"Deputies said Don Spirit called 911 about 4 p.m., and referenced that he would harm people and himself.
"When deputies arrived at the home, which sits on a long dirt road on 29th Street, they said all seven victims were dead, and deputies confronted Spirit before he killed himself in front of the officers.
"During a news conference Friday morning, Gilchrist County's Superintendent of Schools, Rob Rankin, said, `We ask for prayers for our community in light of the tragic events.`"
"AMHERST, NH — Investigators have identified two people killed in a murder/suicide in Amherst this week.
"The Attorney General's Office said the bodies of John Trombly, 35, and his mother, Elizabeth Trombly, 69, were found Tuesday morning when police were called to do a welfare check at 1 Meadow Lane.
"`Once they arrived, they found an adult woman and her adult male son in the home, deceased,` said Assistant Attorney General Stacey Pawlik.
"Officials said an autopsy showed that John Trombly committed suicide and died of a single gunshot wound. They said Elizabeth Trombly died of multiple gunshot wounds, and her death was a homicide.
"Authorities said the weapon used was an AK-47 assault rifle.
"It was not clear how long the bodies had been in the house before they were discovered. A neighbor said there was nothing suspicious going on at the house in recent days.
"A person close to the family said John Trombly had been struggling with addiction and was living at the home with his mother. The person said the two were known to be alive as recently as Friday, but loved ones were concerned about his well-being."
"VICTORIA, TX &mdash The investigation into a Victoria couple found dead in their home has been ruled a murder/suicide.
"Victoria Police Chief J.J. Craig said Tuesday that evidence recovered at the scene indicated that Lori Godsey, 49, died of a gunshot wound and that her husband, John Godsey, 51, fired the shot that killed her then shot himself.
"Victoria police officers responded to the couple's home about 8:40 a.m. Sept. 4 on 604 Maplewood Drive in response to a call to check on the welfare of the couple who didn't show up to work that morning.
"Craig declined to provide additional comment about the investigation.
"The Godseys worked for DeTar Healthcare System. Lori was a nurse, and John worked in the engineering department."
From the Victoria Advocate...
Posted by tsc at 1:23 PM
"TAYLOR, MI — The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined a double shooting that killed a man and woman in a northwest Taylor house Monday night was a murder/suicide, Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said.
"Police found Renee Lutton, 48, and her boyfriend, James Walker, 59, dead in the small bungalow on 26828 Beverly Road Monday night.
"Lutton’s son went to the house to check on her after not being able to contact her. He discovered the two residents dead inside the home and called police, Sclabassi said.
"Sclabassi said an autopsy Tuesday morning determined that Lutton had multiple gunshot wounds and Walker had a self-inflicted gunshot wound at close range.
"Sclabassi said there was no evidence a third party was involved.
"Investigators have not determined what led to the shootings, Sclabassi said."
"LOUISVILLE, KY — A Louisville couple is dead after what police say was a murder/suicide Monday night.
"Police say Anthony Puryear, 39, shot his wife, Shannon Puryear, 37, then killed himself outside a body shop in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue, just off Poplar Level Road.
"Police are still attempting to determine a motive and what led up to this shooting.
"They said the Puryears were in the process of getting a divorce and officers had never made any runs to their Louisville home.
"Police said, from what they can determine so far, the incident began with an altercation on the Watterson Expressway.
"Witnesses told police that it was obvious Anthony Puryear in his car was trying to get his wife to pull over her SUV.
"Instead she got off the Watterson Expressway at Poplar Level Road, followed by her husband’s car, police said.
"According to witnesses, she appeared to lose control and crashed into the garage of a nearby body shop.
"Police said Anthony Puryear got out of the car, shot Shannon Puryear, then turned the gun on himself.
"`From what I've been able to see this morning, there's no history of domestic violence. Neither of them had a criminal history. He's an active member of the Army. So there was nothing we saw that would indicate an incident like this happening,` said Louisville Metro Police Department Homicide Unit Lt. Todd Kessinger.
"Family members said the couple have two young daughters."