Tuesday, January 31, 2012
"PHILADELPHIA, PA — A man and woman were found dead in what police say was a murder-suicide Tuesday morning in Nicetown.
"The pair were found dead shortly before noon in a Ford Explorer at Windrim and Wayne Avenues near the Wayne Junction train station, police said.
"The 26-year-old woman, who was in the driver's seat, suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of her head, police said. The 31-year-old man, who was in the passenger seat, is believed to have shot himself in the mouth.
"There was no further information on who they were."
"DEL CITY, OK — Police are currently looking into an apparent murder- suicide of an elderly couple in Del City.
"Authorities say the couple’s son went to their home and found his parents’ bodies in the 300 block of Howard.
"When officers with the Del City Police Department arrived on the scene, they initially believed the home was the scene of a double homicide.
"After further investigating, officials say it appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Officials are not releasing the couple’s names but say they appear to be in their late 80’s.
"Neighbors say the couple had lived in the neighborhood a while and were very friendly."
Monday, January 30, 2012
"PORTER CORNERS — There was a murder-suicide in Porter Corners Sunday night, but the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department has not released any information on the incident.
"Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III confirmed the murder-suicide but could not provide any further details because his office will not be involved in any prosecution in the case.
"The victims were a man and a woman, Saratoga County Coroner John DeMartino said. DeMartino could not provide any further details because an assistant coroner handled the case. Autopsies were being performed Monday night, he said."
From The Saratogian...
UPDATE:01/31/2012 — Elderly couple identified...
"OAK LAWN, IL — A man and woman were pronounced dead today in what investigators suspect was a murder-suicide in South Suburban Oak Lawn home this morning, police said.
"Police were called to the home on the 9400 block of South Tulley Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. after family members asked for a well being check on the couple who lived there, said Oak Lawn Police Chief Bill Villanova.
"Inside the home police found Mary Mauger, 47, dead of an apparent gunshot wound to her neck in what appears to be a homicide, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
"Along with Mauger, police also found the body of Kenneth Borkowski, 53, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chin, officials said.
"Police suspect the man killed the woman before shooting himself but autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday, officials said.
"Neighbors told police that they had seen Borkowski outside of the home and the woman inside the home this morning before they were found, Villanova said. Neighbors did not hear the gunshots in the quiet residential area, police said.
"There was no evidence that they had a fight leading to the shootings. Police did not find a note, Villanova said."
From The Chicago Tribune...
"MECHANICSVILLE, VA — Hanover County authorities have officially ruled the deaths of a Mechanicsville man and his twin three-year-old daughters a murder-suicide.
"Authorities said in a release Monday afternoon that Robert King, 40, and his twin daughters, Caroline and Madison King, all had lacerations to their neck as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.
"The medical examiner said all three died from either one or a combination of those factors.
"`I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased as they mourn the loss of their loved ones`, said Hanover Sheriff Col. David R. Hines. `No words can fully describe the pain they must be experiencing during this incredibly difficult time.`
"Saturday, officers responded to a home in the 7900 block of Wynbrook Lane, just off of Mechanicsville Turnpike and not far from Interstate 295, at about 3:30 p.m. Inside, officers discovered the bodies of both three year olds.
"Robert King lived at the Wynbrook Lane home. The twin girls resided with their mother, Kristina Hooper, in the 5000 block of Pole Green Road."
"OAKLAND, CA — A man found hanged at the Port of Oakland Saturday was identified Sunday as the suspect in the fatal stabbing of a teenage mother in San Leandro, authorities said.
"The death of Henry Leon, 19, of Oakland is being investigated as a suicide by hanging, the Alameda County coroner's office said. His body was found on the 700 block of Maritime Street at the port in West Oakland about 4:20 p.m. Saturday.
"Leon was suspected of fatally stabbing 15-year-old Myrna Umanzor, the mother of their 9-month-old daughter, at her family's home on the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue in San Leandro. The stabbing occurred about 6:20 p.m. Friday, said police Lt. Jeff Tudor.
"The slaying was witnessed by members of her family, police said. Officers were called to the home and found Umanzor with numerous stab wounds to her torso.
"An officer performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but Umanzor, a freshman at San Leandro High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Leon and Umanzor had been a couple for at least two years."
Sunday, January 29, 2012
"RIVERTON, IL — Authorities say they are investigating a possible murder-suicide at a home in the 700 block of North Third Street in Riverton.
"The Sangamon County coroner's office identified the men as brothers James Angwin, 56, and Thomas Angwin, 62.
"Police reported Saturday they found the men dead inside the home from apparent gunshot wounds, according to Riverton Police Chief Dave Smith.
"A third relative discovered the bodies about 9 a.m. and called police, Smith said.
"Although the bodies were found Saturday morning, Smith said it wasn't immediately known when the shooting occurred.
"`It could have been two days ago, one day ago or (Saturday) morning,` he said.
"Smith said it was too early to conclude it was a murder-suicide. However, he said police are not searching for a gunman.
"Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards said an autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.
"If confirmed, the murder is the first in Riverton since 2001, Smith said.
"`This is very rare to have something like this happen in Riverton,` he said."
From The State Journal-Register...
Thursday, January 26, 2012
"MOUNDS VIEW, MN — Police tentatively identified the man and woman found dead in a Mounds View home Wednesday as Mark Schnor, 47, and his wife, Christine Schnor, 39.
"Each of them suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Mounds View Police Chief Thomas Kinney. A handgun was recovered at the scene.
"Authorities did not officially identify the deaths as a murder-suicide because a final medical examiner's report won't be completed for several weeks due to pending toxicology tests. However, Kinney said, `It is consistent with that scenario.`
"Evidence suggests that Mark Schnor was the shooter, Kinney said. No note was found at the scene, so it's unclear if Christine Schnor was a willing participant, the chief said.
"`We are unable to determine that at this stage, and maybe we'll never know for sure,` he said.
"Police are investigating whether any electronic notes or messages may have been left behind.
"The couple were found lying in their bed, which was located in the living room. Shades were drawn, so when relatives went to check on the couple's welfare Wednesday they had to call police about 2:30 p.m. to gain entry into the home in the 2900 block of County Road 10.
"Relatives had not heard from the couple in about a week. It's unclear how long they may have been dead."
"AUBURNDALE, FL — An early-morning shooting in an Auburndale motel left one man dead and a woman critically injured following a domestic fight between a young couple, authorities said.
"Officers with the Auburndale Police Department drove to the Lake Forest Motel at 1702 U.S. 92 W. about 2:20 a.m. today, finding the aftermath of the chaotic scene outside room 25.
"Officers said Eviana Inez Rosa, 23, of Lakeland, sat outside the room, suffering from three gunshot wounds. The woman—who celebrated her birthday about two weeks before—was conscious and able to talk to police.
"Around the corner and inside the room, police said they found the body of Edward O. Pecci, a 22-year-old man with a Tampa address. Pecci had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
"Rosa explained to officers that she and her boyfriend had been living at the motel for about two weeks. They were arguing until about 2 a.m., when Pecci grabbed a gun.
"Lt. Thrasey Tucker said Rosa’s survival was nothing short of miraculous. One of the bullets hit one of her biceps, the other two were head shots, Tucker said.
"Neither of the bullets that penetrated her head went through her skull, he said.
"As she fled the room and into the parking lot to find help, authorities said she heard the sound of a single gunshot behind her.
"Authorities said they found a gun with Pecci’s body on the floor of the motel room.
"Tucker said the pair—both employees of Buckhead Beef in Auburndale—had been together for about four months."
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
"ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Arlington Heights police are investigating the death of a husband and wife found shot to death in their home this morning by officers conducting a well-being check.
"Police discovered the bodies of Angelita James, 56, and Roger D. James, 48, about 8:40 a.m. after forcing their way into the residence on 930 East Shady Way when no one responded to the door.
"Angelita James’ son met police at the residence, telling officers his mother had not shown up for work for the past two days and couldn’t be reached. The vehicles of both Angelita and Roger James were parked outside the home, police said.
"After entering the residence, police found the couple in the same room dead from gunshot wounds. A firearm was located within the home, but police declined to say whether they believe it was the weapon used in the shootings.
"There is no evidence to suggest there is any danger to the community, police said."
"GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH — Police are investigating a homicide-suicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon before 3:30.
"Garfield Heights Police Chief Robert Sackett said police found a male and a female dead on the first floor when they arrived at a home on York Boulevard. Both had gunshot wounds.
"Sackett said police were called by a person who lives in the home and had arrived sometime after the shooting.
"Sackett said police are treating the case as a homicide-suicide. The female, age 46, and male, age 43, are both residents of Maple Heights. Their names are being withheld until families are notified."
"PHILADELPHIA, PA — Detectives are investigating a possible murder-suicide involving a 34-year-old man in a wheelchair and a 63-year-old woman found shot to death Wednesday afternoon in the city's Logan section.
"Police responding to a call about 2:10 p.m. in the 4500 block of North 19th Street found the man shot in the chest and the woman shot in the head. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
"A gun was recovered at the scene, police said."
UPDATE:01/25/2012 — Conflicting report on victims' ages...
"LOGAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Two people are dead after a murder-suicide Monday in Logan Township, police said Tuesday.
"Julie Rightnour, 29, was shot by her boyfriend, Jason Hott, 32, at the rental house the two shared at 3258 Homers Gap Road sometime after 7:30 p.m. Monday before Hott turned the gun, a 12-gauge shotgun, on himself, police said. According to Hott's Facebook page, he was engaged to marry Rightnour.
"`We're not sure what transpired and there were no witnesses,` Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller said.
"The pair were discovered by Rightnour's family members who went to the home after she didn't show up for work Tuesday. Police were called to the scene at 9:19 a.m., Heller said.
"Hott had an extensive criminal history, mostly involving bad checks and theft-related cases, court records show."
"FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Two men are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Fort Lauderdale, police said Wednesday morning.
"Police said shots rang out after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the lobby of the Runaway Bay Condo at 1620 SW 10th Ave.
"When officers arrived, they witnessed one man actually shooting and killing himself, Fort Lauderdale police said.
"Upon further investigation, they found a second man dead at the scene.
"At this point, police are not releasing information about the relationship between the two men. Residents are saying the men are father and son who live in the building.
"Police are not releasing the victims’ identities at this time, pending family notification."
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
"OCALA, FL — Sheriff’s detectives said Tuesday that a man and woman found shot to death the day before inside their southeast Ocala home were victims of a murder-suicide.
"Detectives said they received a call at 5:26 p.m. Monday from family members who live out of town, asking that deputies do a well-being check on Woodrow Wilson Hall, 68, and his wife, Barbara A. Hall, 66. Relatives had been trying to telephone the couple since Sunday with no success.
"A deputy arrived two minutes later at the brown residence with white trim at 409 SE 52nd Ave. The deputy noticed the garage door was open and heard a television on in the background. After receiving no response from repeated knocks on the door that separates the garage from the house, the deputy entered the home and saw the dead bodies of the man and woman sitting on the couch in the living room in close proximity to each other.
"Based on the investigation and the results of autopsies conducted Tuesday, detectives said the man shot his wife with one handgun and then turned another handgun on himself.
"No note was found.
"Detectives said they were told by a `friend/relative` that the couple had been arguing."
"HUNTSVILLE, TX — Local authorities have ruled the shooting of a Huntsville woman and her husband a murder-suicide after the woman died from her injuries over the weekend.
"At about 11 a.m. Saturday, Frank Murray, 82, walked into a local nursing home where his wife, Haroldine Murray, 81, was a resident and shot her. He then turned the gun on himself, Huntsville police said.
"Officers found Mr. Murray dead at the nursing home, located at the corner of Milam Street and Old Houston Road. Mrs. Murray, still alive when officers arrived, was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment. She died Saturday.
"`This is being ruled a murder-suicide, but because the suspect is deceased no charges will be filed,` HPD Lt. Jim Barnes said Monday. `Our officers are still investigating the incident to make sure this is in fact what happened.`
"Investigators said they do not yet have a motive for the murder-suicide."
From The Huntsville Item...
Monday, January 23, 2012
"LAUREL, MD — A 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were found shot to death Sunday night in the Laurel section of Prince George’s County, county police said. They described the deaths as a murder and a suicide.
"The man was identified as Adam Clayton Owsley II, of the 14100 block of Bramble Court in the Laurel area, where the bodies were found.
"The woman was identified as Aeris Lashay Beard, of the 11200 block of Basswood Terrace, also in the Laurel area.
"Police said the two had been involved in a relationship for about three years. Owsley shot Beard before taking his own life, police said.
"Police said the two were found about 7 p.m. by officers who went to the Bramble Court address after a shooting was reported."
From The Washington Post...
"BRYANT, AR — Monday, Bryant police respond to a tragic shooting outside of the Saline Memorial Hospice House.
"`It appears the weapon that was used was a .40 caliber semi-automatic,` said Sergeant Todd Crowson.
"Crowson said a man shot his ex-girlfriend, a nurse at the Hospice House.
"`He apparently shows up at work and confronts her in the parking lot and she tries to pull away from him. He shoots numerous times,` said Crowson.
"The woman was found dead in her car and officials found the man's body on the ground next to the vehicle. Crowson said the woman had an order of protection against him out of Lonoke County and recently moved to Bryant.
"`Obviously, something happened and she felt like her life was in danger and to go down and get an order of protection,` said Crowson.
"`We are not looking for anyone at this time. It appears these are the only two parties involved in this,` said Sgt. Crowson."
Saturday, January 21, 2012
"HAMPTON, AR — Calhoun County authorities are investigating their first homicide of the year after two bodies were found there Saturday around noon.
"The body of Dennis Queens, 54, and his ex-wife Rhonda Jean Tacker, 40, were found inside Queen's home at 3025 County Road 182 in Hampton.
"Coroner Jimmie Davis [said] that Tacker texted her neighbor that Queens had posted something about her on Facebook and would take it off if she came over to his house. Davis said when she entered the home all of the doors were locked.
"Davis says it appears they got into an argument and Tacker was shot four times. Queens then is believed to have turned the gun on himself.
"Their bodies have been sent to the State Crime Lab for autopsies.
"The coroner says there was a long history of domestic violence and the couple divorced within the past year."
"ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives on Saturday were investigating the murder-suicide of a couple found dead in their home.
"Shelley Gold, 52, and Thomas Cappadona, 51, were discovered by a friend who had gone by the home in unincorporated St. Petersburg at about 2 p.m. Saturday to take Gold to lunch. Both had died of gunshot wounds to the head.
"The couple had been together at least seven years, detectives said, and had been having problems."
Source: Tampa Bay Times...
"NAMPA, ID — Nampa Police are investigating what they call a homicide/attempted suicide Saturday afternoon.
"Around 3:22 p.m., Nampa Dispatch received a 911 call from the 16000 block of Blue Spruce Drive in the Evergreen Mobile Home Park.
"Officers responding to the call found a 35-year-old woman who had died from an apparent gunshot wound.
"They also discovered a 35-year-old man in the same room who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was unresponsive, but still alive. He was rushed to a local hospital where his condition is unknown.
"Nampa Police are investigating this as a homicide/attempted suicide based on information they received from family members who were in the home at the time of the crime. The initial investigation indicates that this may be the result of an ongoing domestic dispute between the victim and suspect.
"No names are being released at this time."
"EVANSTON, IL — Authorities are investigating the apparent suicide in Evanston of a 33-year-old man suspected in two Chicago slayings Friday night, one downtown and one in Rogers Park, a few blocks from where the suspect was found dead.
"The man, identified as Dante Simmons, of Rogers Park, was found about 8:15 a.m. by a man shoveling snow behind a 3-story apartment building in the 100 block of Clyde Avenue in Evanston, police said. The Cook County medical examiner's office had been notified of a death at that location, but were confirming the man's identity because his family had not yet identified him.
"Simmons appeared to have shot himself in the head, and investigators found a 9mm handgun nearby, according to a news release from Evanston police.
"Simmons was wanted by the Chicago Police Department in connection with the slaying of a 22-year-old man at a River North Walgreens about 10 p.m. and in connection with another slaying, of a 15-year-old boy, near the Evanston border in the 1800 block of West Juneway Terrace, just south of Calvary Cemetery, according to a release from Evanston police. In that incident, a body was found near the corner of Chicago Avenue and Juneway.
"Chicago Police, however, issued a statement later this afternoon that said Simmons was a suspect in the Walgreens' shooting, but did not confirm Simmons was a suspect in the Juneway homicide."
From The Chicago Tribune...
Friday, January 20, 2012
"JOHNSTOWN, OH — A couple, apparently unable to deal with medical issues, commits suicide in Johnstown Friday afternoon.
"The shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at 90 East Maple Street in Johnstown.
"According to the Johnstown police chief, Wallace and Clover Walls were found dead in the home.
"Officials said Clover had a lot of medical issues and was released from a nursing home Tuesday, but that the couple couldn't cope.
"The police chief said Wallace shot his wife, Clover, and then shot himself.
"Police said the couple, who was in their 60s, left a suicide note.
"Family of the victims [said] that the couple had been married for 53 years and that they consider the shooting an act of mercy."
"INSTITUTE, WV — An Institute man shot himself in the head as deputies investigating a tip of a possible homicide knocked on the door of his apartment, authorities said.
"Kanawha County deputies received a tip about 4 p.m. Thursday of a possible homicide in the Insitute area, Chief Deputy John Rutherford said. Detectives confirmed the information through witness interviews and were able to establish enough probable cause to secure a search warrant for an apartment on Barron Drive.
"Detectives and deputies went to 107 A Barron Drive a few hours later.
"`They knocked and announced 'Sheriff's Department, search warrant,' for several minutes before a few of the deputies went around to the back,` Rutherford said. `As they were knocking on the back door, they heard a muffled pop and immediately made entry.`
"Inside deputies found a black man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the weapon was recovered.
"The body was taken to the office of the state Medical Examiner."
From the Charleston Daily Mail...
UPDATE:01/20/2012 — Victim's head & hands found in car...
01/23/2012 — Search for body parts called off...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
"OREGON CITY, OR — Police said an Oregon City couple died in a murder-suicide Tuesday after a long, draining struggle with terminal cancer.
"Lt. Jim Band, Oregon City police spokesman, said an investigation indicates James Michael `Mike` Hamel, 56, shot his wife, Rhonda L. Hamel, 66, then himself.
"Band said Rhonda Hamel had exhausted all conventional treatments for cancer, then turned to `extreme lengths` in hopes of finding a cure. Ultimately, however, she was losing the fight.
"`It's a real tragedy,` Band said. `They were married for about 30 years.`
"Band said police received a call at 1:46 a.m. Tuesday from a relative of the Hamels who said Mike Hamel had telephoned to say his wife was `gone` and that he `couldn't take it anymore and couldn't live without her.`
"`They said we could find the key in the front door,` Band said.
"When police went to the home on 18894 Atlanta Drive, they found both of their bodies."
"TRINITY, NC — Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in the Trinity area.
"On Tuesday shortly after 4 p.m., deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Pleasant Union Road in Trinity. Capt. Derrick Hill with Randolph Sheriff’s Office said deputies were responding to a request for a welfare check because the woman living there had not been to work as scheduled. According to a press release, when deputies arrived they found a male and female dead in the residence.
"Officials report at the time of the release the incident appeared to be an incident of homicide and suicide. Authorities currently believe a man killed his wife and then himself.
"The investigation is ongoing. Further information is pending notification of family members."
From The Courier-Tribune...
UPDATE:01/18/2012 — Police identify couple...
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"WINDSOR, PA — A Windsor Township man fatally shot his wife in their home, then turned the gun on himself Tuesday afternoon, York County Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said.
"The couple, in their mid-50s, lived in the 900 block of Snyder Corner Road, York Area Regional Police said.
"The husband shot his wife earlier on Tuesday, then called 911 about 2:15 p.m. and told dispatchers he had killed her and was going to kill himself, according to Stabley, who called the case a murder-suicide.
"When officers arrived at the home, they found a woman inside, dead of a gunshot wound, Lt. Paul Redifer said. Officers then searched the area and found a man dead outside in a field, just behind the home, the lieutenant said.
"Stabley said he will release the names of the deceased after their family members are notified.
"The wife was sitting in a chair in her living room when she was shot once in the head, according to Stabley.
"The husband also suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, Stabley said.
"The wife was suffering from a medical condition that might have precipitated her murder, according to Stabley."
UPDATE:01/19/2012 — Husband left note...
"VILLA PARK, IL — The boyfriend of a DuPage County woman shot her, her two sons, and her niece to death while they were in bed Tuesday—and then set them on fire, officials said.
"After the four murders in the home near Villa Park, 42-year-old Cedric Anderson drove to his father’s house in south suburban Dolton and fatally shot himself in the head with a .357-caliber handgun, said Tom Ahern, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
"Neighbors of Anderson’s father who left for work as the Villa Park killings were first reported Tuesday morning came home Tuesday evening to the 14900 block of Edbrooke to find his house surrounded in yellow police tape as detectives continued to search the home.
"Anderson left a suicide note saying he was distraught—but he did not take responsibility for the slayings in the note, Ahern said.
"Anderson had been convicted of heroin possession on Dec. 29 in the Maywood courthouse.
"The four people killed were found in a home near Summit and Roosevelt in unincorporated Villa Park after the fire Tuesday morning that authorities quickly labeled `suspicious.`
"The dead were identified by friends and relatives as Ursula Nailor, 37; her sons, Darnell Holt, 16, and Dan Nailor, 13; and her niece, Dominique Robinson, 19.
"Nailor’s body was found in her bedroom, while her niece and two sons were found slain in a second, nearby bedroom, sources said.
"All were still in their beds and all had been burned beyond recognition, sources said."
Source: Chicago Sun-Times...
"WILCOX COUNTY, GA — Investigators say a man shot his girlfriend in the head and neck Monday night then shot and killed himself.
"The woman, Renea Kinsey, survived and is hospitalized in Macon.
"The gunman, 45-year-old Terry Lewis Oxyer, died at their mobile home on Tippettville Road in Pineview.
"Relatives [said] the couple argued earlier in the day and that Oxyer threatened Kinsey with a gun."
UPDATE:01/24/2012 — Family criticizes handling of incident...
Monday, January 16, 2012
"ODESSA, TX — A 51-year-old Odessa man fatally shot his 46-year-old boyfriend and then himself Jan. 11 at their 516 Wabash Ave. home, police said Monday.
"An Odessa police news released stated preliminary autopsy results from the Ector County Medical Examiner’s Office and information collected at the crime scene led police to determine DJuan Larue Weatherspoon shot Macca Lynn Young in the chest then himself in the head.
"With the only homicide suspect dead, the case is considered closed."
"METAIRIE, LA — Jefferson Parish detectives are on the scene of what they say appears to be a murder suicide in Metairie.
"Two people are dead in a home on 2301 Danny Park off of Cleary near I-10.
"One of the victims is a man, the other a woman.
"Cops say they found the gun next to the woman.
"`This has all the earmarks of a murder-suicide where she shot her husband first and then turned the gun on herself,` Col. John Fortunato said.
"Later in a news release he stated, `Around 5:05 AM, our 911 Center received a call from a female (identified as Penelope D. Springer, W/F, 61) at 2301 Danny Park in Metairie advising she shot her husband.`
"He says police first found the dead husband.
"`Upon making entry, the body of a male subject (identified as Albert E. Springer W/M, 61) was discovered in the front bathroom. He sustained a single gunshot wound to the head. Upon continuing a search of the residence our officers discovered a female in the rear bathroom. She also sustained a single gunshot wound.`"
Sunday, January 15, 2012
"FRESNO, CA — Four people are dead, including two children, in an early morning murder-suicide in southeast Fresno on Sunday, police said.
"Fresno police were called to the Silver Lake Apartments on East Belmont Avenue, near Clovis Avenue, at 6:44 a.m. for a disturbance, said Capt. Dennis Bridges.
"They found a man outside of an apartment bleeding from a stab wound. Then they heard a single gunshot inside the apartment.
"When police entered, they found a woman in her 20s, who they believe is the stabbing victim's wife, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Their two children, an 18-month-old girl and a 3-year-old boy also died of gunshot wounds.
"A man in his 20s or 30s was found shot to death in the kitchen. Police did not reveal his relation to the family.
"None of the victims were identified by police.
"The injured man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was reported in critical condition."
UPDATE:01/16/2012 — Killer was "a loving, overprotective mother"...
01/16/2012 — and she smoked meth...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
"NEW YORK, NY — Police are investigating a grisly apparent murder-suicide of a couple in Inwood, sources said.
"The bodies of Jesus Soto, 56, and Yanet Soto, 54, were discovered in their bedroom by the wife’s live-in daughter and her 12-year-old granddaughter about 11:20 a.m. in their apartment on Arden Street, near Nagle Avenue, cops said.
"Yanet had deep cuts on her face, which was nearly sliced from ear to ear in the couple’s bed, police sources said. Jesus was not wounded, but several pill containers were found next to his unconscious body. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe he may have deliberately overdosed after killing his wife, sources said.
"The couple was last seen about 8 p.m. yesterday, cops said. The daughter did not spend the night there, sources said, and made the gruesome discovery with her child when they came home.
"No domestic incident reports had ever been filed at the couple’s address before, cops said."
Source: New York Post...
Friday, January 13, 2012
"THETFORD TOWNSHIP, MI — Police found a husband and wife dead in their home early Friday morning in what police believe was a homicide-suicide, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.
"Thetford Township Police Department were called to the home on 3476 E. Lake Road near Center Road to perform a welfare check at the request of the couple's 30-year-old son, Leyton said.
"`He hadn't been able to reach his mom for two days,` Leyton said.
"Police found the woman, 52-year-old Jean Young, dead with gunshot wounds in the garage of the home, Leyton said.
"The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team was then called, and once inside the residence, the body of 53-year-old Richard Young was found, also with gunshot wounds, Leyton said.
"Police believe the case to have been a murder-suicide."
"STAR, NC — Three people are dead after an employee went on a shooting rampage inside a lumber company in Montgomery County on Friday morning.
"According to WXII-TV, a man walked into the McBride Lumber Company on McBride Lumber Road in Star and shot four people inside a warehouse before going to his home and shooting himself.
"Three of the four people he shot are dead, and the fourth victim has been airlifted to a nearby hospital. The shooter has also been airlifted to a hospital after deputies found him inside his home.
"Deputies say they responded to the incident happened just after 6 a.m.
"According to its website, McBride Lumber has been in business since the 1950's and is a second-generation family owned business. They are located about 60 miles south of Greensboro.
"Authorities haven't released the names of the victims.
"Sheriff Dempsey Owens says the shooter left a note, but he didn't give details of the content. He said witnesses reported the gunman was a disgruntled employee."
UPDATE:01/15/2011 — Shooter "was just a nice guy and we liked him a lot"...
"RIVERDALE, GA — A man and woman were found dead by one of their children in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday afternoon, Clayton County police said.
"The incident happened in the 500 block of Hamlin Trace.
"The child came home, saw blood and called the police around 4:20 p.m., Clayton police spokeswoman Lt. Tina Daniel [said]. The causes of death have not been released.
"Names have not been released pending notification of the next of kin and to protect the couple's three children, Daniel said.
"`The true victims in this scenario are the kids,` Daniel said."
"FORT WORTH, TX — Two men were fatally shot Thursday afternoon in an apparent murder-suicide that led to the brief lockdown of a Castleberry middle school, authorities reported.
"Charles Rivers, 41, was found dead at 3:21 p.m. in Rivers Tree Service in the 4600 block of White Settlement Road, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported.
"Gregory Rivers, 61, was found dead at 6:40 p.m. in a vehicle in the 4900 block of West Vickery Boulevard, according to the medical examiner's website. Both men's address is in the 3000 block of Trailwood Drive East in Burleson.
"Police got the first call about a shooting shortly after 3 p.m. Officers found the younger man's body at the tree service, and an employee told police who had shot him and described the suspect's vehicle, said a news release from officer Clifton Miller, a police spokesman.
"Police notified Castleberry school officials that they were searching for a gunman near Castleberry High School and Irma Marsh Middle School, Superintendent Gary Jones said. At the middle school, administrators used a panic button to lock the doors, Jones said. After about 20 minutes, students were allowed to leave.
"The suspect's SUV was spotted about 5:30 p.m. in Ed Collett Park in the 4900 block of West Vickery Boulevard, Miller said.
"Police tried to talk to the driver, but he did not respond. A SWAT unit was called to approach the SUV. The unit found a man dead inside, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot, Miller said.
"Detectives did not know what provoked the shootings, police said."
Thursday, January 12, 2012
"JACKSON, MS — Jackson police said a man shot and killed a woman before turning the gun on himself.
"The shootings happened about 1 p.m. Thursday at a home on the 2300 block of Lake Glen Drive, said Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Officer Colendula Green.
"The man and woman, who police have not identified, argued inside the home before the shooting, Green said.
"The woman was shot twice, died at the scene, Green said. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, Green said.
"The man appeared to be in his late 20s and the woman appeared to be a little younger, Green said.
"Additional information was not immediately available."
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"HAVERHILL, MA — Two people were killed in an apparent murder suicide at a park in Haverhill on Wednesday, a source told WBZ-TV.
"When investigators left the scene at Winnekenni Castle just before six o’clock Wednesday evening, they took with them the cars that earlier this afternoon were surrounded by crime tape. They are the same vehicles that were spotted by the groundskeeper’s young son and one of his friends around one this afternoon.
"Inside, were the dead bodies of a man and a woman.
"The larger park is a big draw for locals, even in the winter.
"`Normally you have people walking around, you know, with their dogs and people take their horses up here,` explains Haverhill’s Wayne Laplante. `I come up and take bird pictures all the time. It’s usually a nice place to come up to.`
"The cars where the bodies were found were two Volkswagens, one with license plates from Connecticut, the other from New Hampshire.
"There was an infant’s car seat in the back of one of the vehicles but investigators offered no details about whether or not a child was present at the time of the incident. A spokewoman for the Essex District Attorney’s office will say only that there is no threat to the general public."
UPDATE:01/12/2012 — Police suspect wife was shooter...
"HELOTES, TX — Helotes police say the double shooting at a Catholic church there was a murder/suicide.
"The shooting occurred just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church off Riggs Road and Highway 16.
"Helotes police Lt. Elliot Rodriguez said police received a call for shots fired at the church and when they responded, they found the front door locked and they could see two bodies inside.
"`Officers entered the building and saw two individuals who were deceased, one male, one female,` Rodriguez said. `They've both been identified but their family hasn't been contacted yet.`
"Rodriguez said the victims are in their mid-40s to early 50s.
"He said one pistol was found between the two bodies.
"Both the man and the woman are believed to be from San Antonio and were parishioners at the church."
"MUNDELEIN, IL — Two people are dead and one is injured after an apparent murder-suicide early Wednesday in north suburban Mundelein.
"Alina S. Rybinkova, 22, was found dead about 1:30 a.m. in a garage at 1397 Newport Street, and 44-year-old Gennadiy Plaksa of Palatine was found dead in his car about 300 feet away. Plaksa died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
"Rybinkova was found in her garage after a woman called 911 at 1:37 a.m., police said.
"`It’s still an ongoing investigation,` Mundelein Deputy Police Chief John Monahan said. `By no means is the investigation complete. There are still some other facts we need to follow up on.`
"Monahan said Plaksa apparently had a previous relationship with Rybinkova’s mother, which the mother had ended. He said the mother had been staying with her daughter.
"Police believe that sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday Plaksa broke into the home. Rybnikova arrived home a short time later and was confronted by Plaksa, who beat her—apparently with a baseball bat found in the home—and stabbed her repeatedly in the abdomen, Monahan said.
"Later that evening, the victim’s 45-year-old mother arrived home from dinner and was badly beaten by Plaska, who knocked her to the ground, put duct tape on her mouth and placed her hands behind her back and handcuffed her, Monahan said.
"After talking with Plaksa, the woman was able to persuade him to release her from her restraints, he said. The woman then called her daughter’s roommate and asked her to come home.
"When the roommate arrived about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Plaksa and the woman’s mother were standing near the front door, and as she started to pull into the driveway Plaksa began walking down the street away from the home. The roommate and mother then opened the garage and discovered the body of Rybinkova inside and called 911.
"Until then, the mother did not know her daughter was lying dead in the garage, Monahan said."
"VACAVILLE, CA — Authorities are investigating a shooting that rocked a quiet neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, leaving two dead inside a vehicle parked in front of a home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
"The two unidentified subjects, a 47-year-old man and 40-year-old woman, were found sitting inside a silver Chevy Avalanche parked in the 100 block of Arroyo Court off Leisure Town Road shortly before 2:53 p.m., police said.
"The two were discovered by a neighbor who immediately called police. Officers arrived in the neighborhood where they found both individuals deceased after suffering fatal gunshot wounds, Quatman said."
"BLOOMFIELD TWP, MI — Police in southeast Michigan say they suspect murder-suicide in the deaths of a recently divorced couple.
"The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report police were called to a home in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township on Tuesday night. Officers found the bodies of a man and woman with gunshot wounds.
"Police say the man may have shot his ex-wife, whose body was found in a vehicle, before killing himself.
"Police said Wednesday the bodies of 46-year-old Kenneth Wayne Jarrell and 45-year-old Susan Pawlecki Jarrell were found about 8 p.m. Tuesday.
"Autopsies were being conducted by the county medical examiner's office."
Source: Chicago Tribune...
"STAMFORD, CT — Police say a Stamford man who wanted to spare his mother the trauma of seeing his body after he killed himself, killed the 86-year-old woman first, then failed in his own suicide attempt.
"Anthony Fiordelisi was charged with murder and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
"Firefighters responded to the home the 60-year-old man shared with his mother for a medical call at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Marion Fiordelisi was found dead with her right wrist cut.
"Anthony Fiordelisi was alive but with both wrists cut.
"Authorities say he told officers that he tried to kill himself and because he did not want his mother to see him dead he wanted to make her `go to sleep.`
"It was not clear if Fiordelisi had a lawyer."
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
"DIGHTON, KS — Officials investigating the shooting death of two brothers found Friday in a Dighton home indicate they suspect a homicide/suicide, according to a news release.
"Officers responded to 305 N. Central at 2:35 p.m. Friday on a possible shooting, according to a release from Lane County Sheriff Robert P. Williams.
"`Upon officers' arrival, the bodies of brothers Raymond Sanchez Jr., 44, and Ricky D. Sanchez, 37, were found deceased inside the residence,` the release stated.
"`At this time, law enforcement does not believe anyone else was involved in the incident,` the release stated. `However, the incident is still under investigation, and no further information is being released at this time.`"
From The Hays Daily News...
"HOCKING COUNTY, OH — Police are trying to determine why a man shot and killed three family members before turning the gun on himself Monday afternoon.
"What apparently started as a domestic dispute escalated into a triple-murder/suicide. The shooter did allow one man, his stepson, to leave because he had a family, Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North said.
"The shooter, who has not been identified, also spared his wife.
"`I haven't worked on something like this in this area for a long time, some time in the early 1980s,` North said. `It's been a long, hard night.`
"North did not release the names of the four individuals.
"Police were notified at 5:04 p.m., when the shooter's stepson called 911 after witnessing the three murders, then being told to leave. Another man and two women were killed in the shooter1s house, at 8187 Ohio 664N.
"`What we had here tonight is an apparent murder/suicide,` North said. `We arrived on scene after the first call, and we entered the house at about 8:45. We had a chaplain present to try to counsel the shooter, but we never spoke to him.
"`The witness and one woman inside the house are the only survivors. The witness apparently was saved because he has a family.`
"North said that the female survivor inside the house was the wife of the shooter. She was being treated at a local hospital.
"North said the shooter was convicted of murder in Athens County in 1974 and served a 10-year prison sentence."
Source: Lancaster Eagle Gazette...
UPDATE:01/16/2012 — Critically ill wife of shooter dies from cancer...
Monday, January 9, 2012
"MAYFLOWER, AR — The house fire in Mayflower that killed a grandmother and granddaughter is ruled a murder-suicide.
"Saturday, police and firefighters were called to a home around 6:30 a.m. at 63 Lakeview Circle off Highway 365 between Mayflower and Conway. The victims are 64-year-old Janice Robbins and her granddaughter 8-year-old Abby Robbins.
"Abby moved in with Janice after Abby's father died during the Iraq War years ago.
"In the press conference, Maj. Andy Shock says Janice Robbins retired from the Army in 2005 and retired as a nurse from the VA in 2008.
"When police arrived at the home, the only vehicle on the property, a truck, had an envelope taped to the door handle with the key inside. Police found a plastic tub in the truck with the suicide note from Janice and several personal items like insurance papers, her will, her purse, Abby's birth certificate and financial papers.
"In the suicide note, Janice said among other things, `Can't stand to see Abby left behind` and `pray for my soul.`
"Maj. Shock says Janice was battling some kind of depression and was seeking counseling, but was unsure if she was actually getting any counseling. He also says Abby may have needed help dealing with the loss of her father.
"Authorities say that both Janice and Abby were alive during the fire; smoke was found in their lungs. Abby was stabbed once in the right side of her chest, but it's unclear if that wound would have been fatal."
"KENDALL, FL — Two people were found dead in Kendall Sunday night after what police are calling a murder-suicide.
"Miami-Dade police said 69-year-old Jorge Astacio opened fire on his wife Sonia, 59, and then turned the gun on himself in a residence at Southwest 155th Avenue and 94th Street. The two could not be revived when authorities arrived.
"The couple’s daughter, boyfriend and their toddler were in the house at the time of the shooting. The three were reportedly uninjured.
"A Miami-Dade police spokesman [said] this is not the first time tragedy struck this family. Two years ago the deceased couple lost two daughters in a fatal car crash."
Source: Miami Herald...
"WESTMORELAND, TN — Police were called out to investigate a possible murder-suicide in Macon County on Sunday.
"Officers were called to check on Dean and Sandra Parker on Sunday afternoon at their Green Grover Road in the Westmoreland side of Macon County. Out-of-town family members were concerned about their welfare.
"Once they got to the scene, they found both shot to death.
"Police believe Dean Parker shot his wife, Sandra, multiple times, then took his own life.
"LifeFlight was initially called to the scene until officers discovered they were both dead."
From WTVF-TV Nashville...
Sunday, January 8, 2012
"ORMOND BEACH, FL — Police were investigating what appeared to be a murder-suicide Sunday night involving two colleagues.
"Authorities with the Ormond Beach Police Department said the gunman, who was not immediately identified, shot himself in front of police in neighboring Daytona Beach.
"Investigators said they got a tip the assailant was staying at a hotel in Daytona Beach and stopped him as he rode a bike on state Road A1A at Williams Avenue.
"Authorities said they believe he shot and killed Howard Peifer, 62, in the yard of a home on Druid Circle in Ormond Beach.
"The men worked together in a home maintenance business."
UPDATE:01/09/2012 — Bike riding shooter was octogenarian...
Saturday, January 7, 2012
"LOS ANGELES, CA — Police responded Friday night to a report by family members concerned a man might commit suicide and found that he not only killed himself but also tried to kill his wife.
"The family members called police about 8 p.m. and told dispatchers they were worried a man in his early 30s might kill himself at a home in the 500 block of Orange Grove Avenue in the Park La Brea area of Los Angeles. Officers arrived at the home and found the man dead inside, police officials said.
"They heard the voice of a woman calling for help from inside a restroom. That woman was the dead man's wife, officials said. He injured the woman, in her late 20s, before he took his own life.
"Paramedics rushed the woman to a nearby hospital with blunt force trauma to the head. She is recovering and is expected to survive.
"Police would not disclose how the man killed himself, but said he did not use a gun."
"WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT — Police in White River Junction searched a home Friday night after a call from a concerned friend and found three people dead inside.
"The people who lived at the Chandler Road home had not been heard from in several days, according to Hartford Police.
"Upon inspecting the home, police found one person dead inside the garage and two others inside. They were 80-year-old Robert McCoy, 71-year-old Keumyie McCoy and 50-year-old Barry Facto. All three reported resided there.
"Police did not say how the three died, but did say the incident is believed to be a murder-suicide and posed no threat to the community."
Thursday, January 5, 2012
"OVERLAND PARK, KS — Police say that the suspect in a deadly shooting of an Overland Park woman has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"According to Overland Park Police, the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Barry S. Beaver, was found dead inside a red pickup truck located in a field near 141st Street and Lamar.
"The discovery came after a woman, identified as 56-year-old Debra M. Beaver, died from gunshot wounds she sustained in a parked car at a home in the 5800 block of W. 145th Street around 10 a.m. on Thursday. According to police, a neighbor reported hearing as many as five gunshots shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday.
"Emergency crews transported Beaver to an area hospital where she later died. Sources [said] Debra Beaver had filed a stalking protection order against Barry Beaver last fall. The couple had filed for divorce last October."
"AUGUSTA, GA — Two are dead after a murder-suicide at FPL Food, located at 1301 New Savannah Road.
"According to Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier, an FPL Foods employee, identified as Emanuel Jordan, 21, of the 2000 block of Wrightsboro Road, fired several shots at a victim at the property around 1:15 p.m.
"After the victim died, Jordan, who worked at the facility, turned the gun on himself.
"According to a FPL Food press release, the victim was a female who was not employed at the business. Her identity has not been released pending notification of family.
"Authorities continue to investigate the incident and have not released information on a possible motive.
"Jordan has previous Richmond County charges of family violence, simple battery and theft by receiving stolen property from 2008 and a charge of possession of cocaine from 2009."
From The Augusta Chronicle...
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
"HEMET, CA — Authorities say a man fatally shot his estranged wife at the Hemet Courthouse Wednesday, then turned the gun on himself in his car a few miles away.
"Police received a call around 8 a.m. Wednesday about a woman being shot at the courthouse, located in the 800 block of North State Street.
"Witnesses said the man and woman had been arguing, and that he opened fire shortly after they left the courthouse.
"The woman, identified as Aimee Schulz, 37, was pronounced dead in her car in the courthouse parking lot.
"Her husband, 54-year old Ralph Costales, drove off, but witnesses were able to give police a vehicle description.
"Hemet police officers spotted the vehicle, and followed it to Myers Street and W. Devonshire Avenue a few miles away.
"Police say Costales fatally shot himself in the head inside his car.
"His car rolled forward and ended up in a drainage ditch.
"Both victims were at the courthouse to attend a hearing regarding child custody/support issues.
"Police cordoned off part of the parking lot at the courthouse, but the courthouse itself remained open."
"HARTWELL, GA — The Hart Sheriff's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to deputies.
"According to Sheriff Mike Cleveland the bodies of 66-year-old Linda Whitfield and 65-year-old Carey Whitfield were discovered in their home Tuesday morning by one of their two children.
"Cleveland says that Mr. Whitfield had been dealing with an extended illness.
"Both were longtime residents of Hartwell."
"MOUNT AIRY, GA — Habersham County authorities say before turning the gun on himself, a father shot his stepdaughter Tuesday in Mount Airy during an argument over dinner, wounding them both.
"Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said at about 8:30 p.m., George Michael LaCount, 56, became `fed up` after his stepdaughter, 33-year-old Lori Dann Mooney, complained about what was cooked for dinner.
"`They were fighting over food,` Terrell said. `Evidently, she didn't like what was fixed and he got tired. He just couldn't take it anymore.`
"Authorities responded to 393 Wild One Branch Road [???] off Joe Smith Road near Glade Creek Parkway and found Mooney with a gunshot wound to the face, Terrell said.
"After shooting Mooney in a bedroom with a .32-caliber Long handgun, LaCount shot himself under his chin and the bullet exited through his left temple, Terrell said.
"When deputies arrived, LaCount was not in the house. A blood trail led to his location about a half mile into the woods, Terrell said.
"`He went out there to die. He apologized for us having to come and find him and he just wanted us to leave him there,` Terrell said.
"Terrell said LaCount was cooperative with authorities and admitted to the shooting.
"`He told us exactly what he had done and why he did it,` Terrell said."
"CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Authorities said the elderly couple found dead inside their Aberdeen Avenue home early Tuesday night were victims of a murder-suicide.
"The couple, which neighbors have identified as Pam and Richard Stanley, both in their late 60s, were found in the home's den with gunshot wounds. Investigators found a gun near the two, but would not confirm who shot who.
"A woman who `does business,` with the couple, police said, knocked on their front door about five o'clock, and went to the back door after no one answered where she found the woman dead. The woman returned with other neighbors, authorities said, where they found the man dead near the woman's body.
"Police said the two had likely argued before the murder-suicide. Family members said the two had recently split up after several years of marriage, and that they had both been ill in the last few years."
"LIBBY, MT — A man and his wife are dead following an apparent murder-suicide that resulted in an eight-hour standoff at 1217 Main Avenue in Libby.
"At approximately 6:28 a.m. Tuesday, 911 dispatch received a call from Dale Kinniburgh Jr., 51, who said he had killed his wife, Catherine Kinniburgh, 55.
"Kinniburgh then said he was going to kill himself, which resulted in the hours-long standoff.
"`Because of some of the calls we've received in the past from this residence, we thought it was best for safety reasons to evacuate the nearby residents,` Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe said.
"Several law enforcement agencies responded, including the Flathead County Special Response Team.
"`They called and asked for our help this morning,` Curry said Tuesday afternoon. `I don't think they knew at that point whether or not it was a homicide-suicide or if there was a barricade situation.`
"Other agencies responding included the Libby Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.
"At approximately 2:21 p.m., officers entered the home and found the Kinniburghs' bodies. No shots were fired by law enforcement.
"Coroner Steve Schnackenberg pronounced the Kinniburghs dead at the scene."
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
"MANHATTAN, KS — Riley County police say the death of a couple inside a Manhattan home was the result of a murder/suicide.
"The body of a man and woman were found inside a home at 715 Yuma Street on Friday afternoon around 2:30 PM.
"The victims were identified as 23-year-old Amanda Bonner, who lived at that address, and 26-year-old Kawon Darmet Higgins.
"The Riley County Police Department called the deaths "suspicious" at first, pending autopsy reports. On Tuesday, officials put a press release saying that it appears Higgins killed Bonner, the mother of his children, and then killed himself.
"Lieutenant Josh Kyle, a spokesman for the department, stated in the release: `An autopsy has been completed and the preliminary results indicate that the incident appears to be a homicide/suicide with Mr. Higgins being the aggressor. An official classification is pending from the Coroner's Office in Kansas City. The two decedents had children together and the deaths appear to be related to an ongoing domestic situation. A previous Protection from Abuse order had been filed by Ms. Bonner but it had been dropped prior to the incident.`
"Lieutenant Kyle says the couple's children were not inside the home when their parents died.
"Kyle told members of the media Tuesday that `the mode of death is not being released.`
"Amanda Bonner's family members say her best friend found the bodies Friday when Amanda did not show up for work."
"UVALDE, TX — Two people are dead in Uvalde in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Police were called to the residence of 80-year-old Elias Varela on Monday after receiving a call saying there was going to be a murder-suicide.
"Within just a few minutes SWAT teams responded to the scene where they heard a single shot fired.
"Inside the residence they found Varela's girlfriend, Rosemary Barrera, dead, and Varela suffering from a gunshot would to the chest.
"Varela was taken to University Hospital where he later died.
"A motive for the shooting remains unknown, but authorities say a note was left stating Varela and Barrera had been living together as a couple.
"About a year ago, Varela had placed his wife in a nursing home."
"NORTH PORT, FL — A death investigation is underway at a North Port home, where two people were found dead Monday.
"Around 5 p.m. police responded to a home in the 1100 block of Amnesty Drive, one block north of East Price Boulevard, after receiving a call about a disturbance.
"When authorities arrived, they discovered the bodies of a 28-year-old woman and 49-year-old man inside the home. Police say both had sustained gunshot wounds.
"According to the North Port Police Department, the death appears to have been the result of a murder-suicide.
"The relationship of the victims is unknown at this time.
"Investigators said they are not currently searching for any suspects."
"SILVER SPRINGS, NV — Lyon County sheriff's deputies found the bodies of two brothers in a Silver Springs home Saturday and are investigating what was originally reported as a possible homicide/suicide.
"Deputies were called to 3040 Elm St. at 2:20 p.m. to investigate, and inside the home they found the bodies of Donald Coleman, 46, and his brother Daniel, 44.
"`It appears the incident involved two brothers that lived at the residence,` sheriff's Lt. Bryan Veil said in a statement.
"`It appears both brothers died from gunshot wounds and had been dead for approximately one week.`
"Next of kin have been notified, and autopsies are pending with the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office, sheriff's officials said.
"More information will be disclosed pending further investigation, Veil said."
From Lahontan Valley News...
Monday, January 2, 2012
"CONCORD, NC — A man and woman were found shot to death Sunday night after a Concord Police officer patrolling the Broad Drive area heard gunshots, officials said.
"Isidra Ramos Sarabio, 30, and Eladio Hernandez-Pelaez, 54, were the victims of an apparent murder-suicide, Concord Police Chief Guy Smith said late Sunday night. It appeared that Hernandez-Pelaez shot Sarabio before turning the gun on himself, Smith said.
"A third victim, Fredy Guzman, 33, was also found shot at the crime scene. He was taken to CMC-NorthEast and appears to have a non-life threatening injury, according to a press release.
"The shooting occurred about 7:15 p.m. Sunday at 342 Broad Drive, Concord. A Concord Police officer patrolling the area encountered Guzman, who suffered a gunshot wound. Guzman indicated a disturbance.
"Officers investigated further and found Sarabio and Hernandez-Pelaez shot to death in the backyard, Smith said.
"Sarabio is believed to be the estranged wife of Hernandez-Pelaez, Smith said. She was living at 342 Broad Drive with family and friends. Hernandez-Pelaez’s current address was not known as of press time.
"Investigators believe Hernandez-Pelaez arrived at the house on Broad Drive, uninvited, and confronted the residents, including his estranged wife.
"Detectives were still at the crime scene late Sunday night. Crime scene tape marked off the yard surrounding the home on Broad Drive. A Concord Police Department patrol car blocked the road at the corner of Broad Avenue and Graham Drive.
"Police were still investigating what lead to the confrontation late Sunday night."
"HUNTERTOWN, IN — An Allen County woman has been identified as the victim of a shooting in Huntertown late Sunday night, the Allen County Coroner's office said today.
"Melinda A. Jones, 34, died from gunshot wounds following the shooting at a home in the 15000 block of Hunter's Lane, the coroner's office said in a statement.
"Hers is the first homicide in Allen County during 2012, and it is being investigated by the county sheriff's department, prosecutor's office and coroner's office, the statement said.
"The suspect in the shooting was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in nearby DeKalb County, the Allen County Sheriff's Department said earlier.
"Indiana State Police found the 38-year-old suspect's car parked along DeKalb County Road 70, just west of County Road 5, Allen County police said in a statement.
"He was dead when police arrived, the statement said."
Sunday, January 1, 2012
"CORONADO, CA — Four people were found shot dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a home near San Diego after shooting broke out in the early hours of New Year's Day, police said.
"Authorities in Coronado, a tony island enclave off the coast of San Diego, were called to a condo shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday to investigate a report of shots fired at the residence, sheriff's Lieutenant Larry Nesbit said.
"Officers arrived to find the body of an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound lying in the doorway of the building, he said. Further details of the other reported victims were not immediately available.
"San Diego sheriff's homicide detectives said no one was being sought in connection with the deaths.
"`Although we are early into the investigation, we do not believe we have any outstanding suspects,` Nesbit said.
"Navy police from the nearby base at North Island were brought in to determine if any of the victims were in the military, Nesbit said."
Source: Chicago Tribune...
"ANAHEIM HILLS, CA — An autopsy is planned this week for the bodies of two people found shot to death inside an Anaheim Hills condominium in what was likely a murder-suicide, police said Sunday.
"Anaheim police responded to reports of shots fired about 7:40 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 1000 block of South Sundance Drive, just steps from Weir Canyon Wilderness Park in Anaheim Hills, said Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn. Two adults were found dead inside the condo.
"Their identities have not been released because their next-of-kin have not yet been notified, Dunn said Sunday.
"`I presume the family members will be back tomorrow,` said Dunn, explaining their next-of-kin likely were away for the holiday weekend.
"Coroner's officials have removed the bodies, but an autopsy has been delayed by the long holiday weekend, Dunn said. It could be performed as early as Tuesday, he added.
Homicide detectives believe the incident was likely a murder-suicide; the coroner's report is expected to confirm that theory, Dunn said.
"Authorities have not released any information on the victims, including whether they were related and if they lived together in the condo. But police said investigators are not searching for any suspects."
Source OC Register...