Sunday, May 27, 2012
"PEORIA, IL — An apparent murder-suicide in Central Peoria on Sunday morning left two people dead.
"Carlos R. Hightower, 31, and Shauna C. Parks, 30, both of 2912 N. Mission Road were pronounced dead shortly before 5 a.m. at their residence, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll.
"Hightower was found in the driveway of the home near an unattached garage with a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Ingersoll. A handgun was found lying near the body, she said.
"Parks was discovered inside the garage with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Ingersoll.
"Ingersoll said an autopsy for both victims is scheduled for later today, but preliminary findings indicated that Hightower shot himself.
"Hightower and Parks had reportedly been living together for some time and had two children together, though neither was home at the time of the incident, according to Ingersoll."