Wednesday, April 23, 2014
"GRIFFITH, IN — A Chicago woman on Monday afternoon was shot dead in a grade school parking lot by her estranged husband who then fled and killed himself moments later, authorities said.
"Officers responded to a call of shots fired outside St. Mary Catholic School, at 525 N. Broad St., in Griffith, Ind., at about 4:30 p.m. and arrived to find a woman identified as Nina Castro lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said.
"He said her husband, Remanard Castro, sped from the scene on a motorcycle, and Griffith police notified Gary police that he might be headed back to his residence in the 600 block of Roosevelt Street in Gary.
"A Gary police officer spotted Castro minutes later, alerted police and followed him to his house, where he found Castro with a handgun in the garage at the rear of the house, police said.
"The officer ordered Castro to drop his weapon, but Castro shot himself, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram Sr. said, adding that he was pronounced dead at the scene."
From NBC Chicago...
"WEYMOUTH, MA — The Norfolk County District Attorney's office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide that took place at a home in Weymouth Tuesday morning.
"Police responded to the home at 15 Dunbar Rd. at around 7:15 a.m., just after a family member who makes regular morning visits to the home arrived to find Elizabeth and Donald Coyne dead.
"Elizabeth, 81, and Donald, 83, suffered apparent gunshot wounds. Donald Coyne was found with a .25 caliber pistol that he owned at his side.
"While the crime scene investigation at the home has been completed, official results of an autopsy for both are still pending.
"The couple had lived in the house on Dunbar Road for several decades, and Weymouth police had no previous involvement with the family, according to a spokesman for the Norfolk County DA's office. The couple also had no known history of domestic violence, officials said."
From FOX Boston...
"MESA, AZ — Police believe that a woman and girl found dead in a Mesa home Monday were part of a murder/suicide.
"Officers responded to a home on East Ingram Street Monday afternoon after a man arrived home from work and found his wife and daughter dead.
"Police have identified the 45-year-old woman as Marcia Wentzel and the 12-year-old girl as her daughter Caitlin.
"Both had reportedly been suffering from `debilitating, long-term medical conditions,` according to Mesa police.
"Inside the home, officials also found two suicide notes.
"It appears that the cause of death may have been asphyxiation or prescription drug overdose, but a medical examiner has not yet confirmed the cause.
"No suspects are in custody and police do not believe anyone else was involved.
"The investigation is ongoing."
"CUMBERLAND, GA — A woman shot outside Cumberland Mall Monday afternoon died at a local hospital, and her suspected shooter was later found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said this morning.
"Violet Lambert, 55, of Atlanta, was shot just before 2:30 p.m. Monday in a parking lot on the west side of the Cobb Parkway mall, according to Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce. Lambert was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she died.
"`According to witnesses, the male who shot her got into a white van and was last seen leaving the area,` Pierce said in an email. `A short time later, the white van was discovered parked at a residence in East Point.`
"He said that after obtaining a search warrant, detectives, assisted by East Point police and a Fulton County SWAT team, entered the home and found 59-year-old Danny Wray Brown of East Point dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound."
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Monday, April 21, 2014
"CHICAGO, IL — A Cook County sheriff's office correctional officer apparently shot to death his wife, a Chicago police officer, inside their Southwest Side home Sunday morning before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
"Javier Acevedo and his wife, Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo, were found dead about 5 a.m. inside their home on 5314 South Austin Avenue, according to Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cara Smith. Chicago police said the deaths are being investigated as an apparent murder/suicide but released no other information as of Sunday evening.
"`It is a tremendous tragedy any day, particularly for Easter Sunday,` Smith said.
"Smith said the two, both 50 years old, were found inside a bedroom.
"Rizzo-Acevedo’s adult daughter heard the gunfire in the Garfield Ridge home and called 911, according a law enforcement source.
"Smith said Javier Acevedo was a 25-year veteran and worked at the county jail.
"Rizzo-Acevedo had served as a Chicago police officer for nearly two decades, Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement Sunday.
"`Officer Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo's death earlier today in a domestic murder-suicide is an awful tragedy for her family, her friends, her colleagues in the Chicago Police Department, and the people of this city,` he said.
"A fire department responder discovered a gun lying under Javier Acevedo's body, and the two were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the law enforcement source.
"Police could be seen saluting as one of the victim’s bodies was removed from the home around 9 a.m."
From the Chicago Tribune...