Friday, January 11, 2013
"LITTLE ELM, TX — Domestic violence claimed the life of two people in Little Elm. The victim's family said it was a murder-suicide.
"Family members said 33-year-old Bethany Shafer was with her estranged husband, 38-year-old Robert Shaffer, signing divorce papers in her father's Little Elm home Thursday night.
"They were in the dining room while others were in the kitchen.
"`All of a sudden we heard pop, pop. And Dave ran out of the kitchen and saw them and just screamed, 'Oh my God. Oh my God. No. No.' She was… she was a very hard worker, very conscientious and an excellent, excellent mother. And she adored that boy. He just loved her,` said Ellen Ward, Bethany's stepmother.
"Family members said Robert was upset over the divorce. The couple disagreed over who should raise their young son.
"Police said they've gathered evidence that shows the shooting was premeditated."