Thursday, February 28, 2013

Virginia Killer Commits Suicide In Texas

"BANDERA, TX — Investigators say a man whose pregnant wife was found murdered in Virginia Monday killed himself in front of Bandera County deputies the following morning.

"Chief Deputy Matt King says 31-year-old Timothy Connor shot himself in the driveway of his mother's home in Bandera County Tuesday at about 11:30 a.m. Investigators say his wife, 38-year-old Jennifer Lynne Pearson, was found dead in the couple's Reston, Virginia apartment Monday after a fire broke out there. Officials said Pearson, who was pregnant, had trauma to her upper body, and police are investigating her death as a homicide.

"A neighbor reported hearing a loud argument in the building a few hours before smelling smoke.

"Chief King says police in Fairfax County, Va., had contacted the Bandera County Sheriff's Office to ask deputies to be on the lookout for Connor's vehicle. Deputies spotted the silver Nissan Sentra with Virginia plates in the neighborhood and followed it to his mother's home. Chief King says Connor got out of the car with a gun pointed to his head. The two deputies took cover and tried to get Connor to drop his gun, but he shot himself. Connor was flown by AirLife to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead."


Bodies, Gun Found At Residence

"LAFAYETTE, LA — Sheriff’s Office detectives investigating the deaths of a north Lafayette Parish couple said Thursday they have concluded that Joseph Babineaux shot his wife Judith Babineaux then turned the handgun on himself

"The bodies of the Babineauxs, both 52, were found by a family member on Wednesday in a front room of their home at 126 Lebesque Road, Lafayette Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kip Judice said in a news release.

"`Investigators have sufficient preliminary forensic evidence to indicate that Mrs. Babineaux was shot and killed first and that Mr. Babineaux had a single self-inflicted gunshot wound,` Judice said.

"Judice said the handgun, which detectives believe belonged to Joseph Babineaux, was found close to the bodies."


Mom Dead, Daughter, 7, In Critical Condition

"NEW CITY, NY — Police say a woman tried to murder her 7-year-old daughter before apparently killing herself in New City this afternoon.

"Officers arrived at 6 Quarry Drive at around 1 p.m. after receiving reports of a woman inside committing suicide. The call allegedly came from a male doctor, who co-owned the home with the deceased woman, begging for an ambulance.

"The woman, identified as 45-year-old Victoria Vovchik, was found dead in her master bedroom with her daughter laying nearby. The girl had suffered from multiple stab wounds and was taken to Westchester Medical Center.
Vovchik was a podiatrist with a practice in Montvale, N.J., who moved into New City slightly more than two years ago.

"The girl is in critical, but stable condition and is expected to survive."


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Island Couple Found Dead In Home

"KIAWAH ISLAND, SC — The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the deaths that occurred early Wednesday morning on Kiawah Island were the result of a murder suicide.

"According to Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office, deputies responded to 78 Forestay Court on Kiawah Island just after 7 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting a murder-suicide at a home.

"The incident report states deputies found a deceased male and female laying in separate single beds beside each other.

"Brady said the couple was married, and the male subject shot his wife and then himself. A silver revolver was found laying on the husband's chest.

"According to the report, it appears they both died from gunshot wounds to the head.

"The husband and wife both reportedly had medical issues, and the husband was concerned over the wife's quality of living if he died from his medical condition, Brady said."


Killer Grandmother Had History Of Mental Issues

"NORTH STONINGTON, CT — State Police are calling an Amber Alert that ended tragically in Connecticut a double murder/suicide.

"On Tuesday night two young boys and their grandmother were found dead in a minivan by the Lake of Isles in Preston, each with a single gunshot wound.

"An amber alert was issued around 7:30 p.m. in the evening after the grandmother, 47-year-old Debra Denison, picked them up from their daycare and never dropped them off at home. Authorities say Denison picked up 6-month old Ashton and 2-year-old Alton from their daycare in Danielson at about 2:30 p.m. and then could not be located.

"At 9:30 Tuesday night, police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Lake of Isles. The two boys and their grandmother were pronounced dead on scene.

"State Police have confirmed that Denison did have a gun in the vehicle, a .38-caliber handgun. Relatives say Denison suffered from bipolar disorder and has a history of mental issues. Police say a suicide note that seemed to be from Denison was found on the scene. The full contents of the note have not been released."

From WLNE...

Elderly Pair Found Dead

"STILLMAN VALLEY, IL — An elderly husband apparently shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself, the Ogle County sheriff said Tuesday.

"The bodies of Jack E. Bond, 85, and his wife, Dorothy F. Bond, 86, were found just before 11 a.m. Monday in their home at 4238 N. Armour Road, about 3.5 miles southeast of Stillman Valley.

"Autopsies were performed Tuesday. Dorothy Bond died of a gunshot to the head, and Jack Bond died of a self-inflicted gunshot, Sheriff Michael Harn said.

"Investigators are waiting on the results of lab tests."


Botched Murder/Suicide Sends Pair To Separate Hospitals

"COLUMBUS, OH — A man shot a woman, who was reported to be his wife, and then turned the gun on himself inside a car parked behind the LDS temple in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday afternoon, police said.

"The suspected shooter, Sokkha Chant, 65, was in life-threatening condition at Riverside Methodist Hospital Tuesday night while the woman, Soth Sin, 33, was in critical condition at Mount Carmel West.

"Homicide detective Sgt. Chris Holzhauser said they don't know why the confrontation occurred in the parking lot of the Columbus Ohio Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3870 Gateway Blvd.

"Before the shooting, Sin was with another man, Neng Sith, 52, in a car being followed by Chant in another vehicle, police said. When both stopped in the temple's parking lot, Chant got into the 2010 Toyota Corolla with Sin, and Sith fled, Holzhauser said.

"Sith was not struck by gunfire.

"Chant was charged in a domestic-violence case involving Sin on Jan. 20, according to police and court records.

"Eric Young, who is a temple volunteer, said a woman inside the temple saw the two cars drive fast onto the lot but nothing beyond that."


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Two Dead In Niagara Falls

"NIAGARA FALLS, NY — Gunfire in a Niagara Falls neighborhood leads to a deadly shooting in the Cataract City on Monday night, leaving two people dead.

"Neighbors heard the gunfire at about eight in the evening in a home at 548 29th Street in Niagara Falls.

"Inside the house, police found a man and a woman who they say are girlfriend and boyfriend. Both were shot and killed.

"Neighbors say one of the deceased is an veteran who served in Iraq.

"Those who live nearby add that this is typically a quiet neighborhood.

"Niagara Falls Police Superintendent says "a couple of people in the neighborhood heard gunshots. Obviously, that came from the residence."

"A person who lived near the house that didn't want to be identified said that her family moved from downtown because it's a nice area.

"She says `really (this is) just surreal. We're all in shock.`

"Police are not releasing the identities of the two people found shot until both families are notified.

"Police say they will release more information as the investigation continues."


Monday, February 25, 2013

Police Find Three Bodies During Welfare Check

"PEKIN, IL — Three people were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds Sunday night at a home at 1227 Highland St., according to Pekin police Chief Greg Nelson.

"Officers were called to the address at about 9 p.m. and began an investigation that Nelson said could involve a murder/suicide scenario.

"Neighbors identified the residents of the home as 77-year-old Ira Lee Clemons, his 75-year-old wife, Barbara, and their 52-year-old son, Allen Scott Clemons.

"Officials declined to provide the names of the deceased, pending notification of family members.
The couple's bodies were found in a bedroom, while the son was found downstairs, according to Pekin Police Public Information Officer Don Jolly.

"`We're not looking for a suspect,` he said.

"Jolly said the call was in response to a well-being check from a relative. It is unknown when the deaths occurred."



02/26/2013 — Mental health issues cited in incident...

No Altercation Before Murder/Suicide Of Teachers

"TACOMA PARK, MD — The man who shot and killed a friend before shooting himself in Takoma Park early Sunday morning may have been suffering from severe trauma after serving in the Marines, police say.

"Takoma Park Police investigators are still looking into exactly why David Draa, 30, shot and killed his friend, 30-year-old Steven `Kyle` Hickman, on Sunday, but officials believe that it may be connected to the trauma and other possible difficulties in his personal life.

"Draa shot and killed Hickman in the driveway of a home in the 7300 block of Flower Avenue just before 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Police say Draa shot Hickman from behind, then knelt over his body and turned the gun on himself.

"Police describe Draa and Hickman as good friends and colleagues at the school they worked. Hickman was often a `sounding board` for Draa as he helped him work through some personal issues, according to family members.

"The shooting happened several hours after Hickman and Draa spent the day biking, during which Hickman got a flat tire. He then originally chose to stay over at Draa's apartment, but at some point during the night, he changed his mind and decided to fix the tire and cycle home. Police believe Draa shot Hickman while he was working on the bike and that there was no physical or verbal altercation.

"Detectives believe that one or both of the men drank alcohol that night, but they won't be certain until toxicology reports come back on both men. Those results could take several weeks."


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shooting In Restaurant Parking Lot Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Injured

"MURRAYSVILLE, PA — A shooting at a Pennsylvania bar that left two people dead on Saturday has been ruled a murder-suicide.

"According to the police, shooting happened sometime after 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cozy Inn Bar & Grill in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

"On Sunday, the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Gina Llewellyn, 50, of Allegheny Township, and Michael Lundsford Jr., 21, of Murrysville.

"The coroner’s report said Llewellyn was shot in the chest by Lundsford Jr. He then turned the gun on himself.

"A third person was also shot and taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment, where they were last listed in stable condition.

"Police said the fatal shooting appears to have stemmed from a domestic incident."

From The Global Dispatch...


02/25/2013 — Shooter lured victims to scene...

SWAT Teams Finds Bodies Of Father & Son

"KANSAS SETTLEMENT, AZ — The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation after two men were found dead in Kansas Settlement earlier today, after what is believed to be a murder-suicide.

"At about 11:41 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 23, the Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a shooting that had just taken place at a home about 15 miles south of Willcox, said spokeswoman Carol Capas.

"The caller said that she had fled the home immediately after the shooting, and ran to a neighbor’s home for help, she said.

"Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area, along with U.S. Border Patrol units, and found the woman, who was extremely distraught but not injured physically, Capas said.

"The 38-year-old woman said that she and her 62-year-old husband were at their home when her 36-year old stepson came in to `pick up some personal belongings,` she said.

"Once the son was inside the home, he went to the study where his father was seated at his desk, and fired a handgun at him, striking him several times, Capas said.

"The woman said that she ran from the home at that time and did not know whether her stepson was still in the residence, she said.

"Border Patrol launched their helicopter to search in the immediate area while the Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was deployed, Capas said.

"The Sierra Vista Police Department was also contacted to assist with a robotic unit, she said.

"The SWAT team entered the home just before 3 p.m., and found the father deceased, said Capas.

"The son was also found deceased inside the home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, she said.

"Additional information will be released as it becomes available, Capas said."


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bodies Found In Burning SUV

"COGAN STATION, PA — Authorities in central Pennsylvania are investigating the death of a man and woman whose bodies were found in a burning sport utility vehicle as a possible murder-suicide.

"Officials in Lycoming County [said] that the bodies of 42-year-old Seth Snyder of Hepburn Township and 38-year-old Cherilyn Kephart were found in the SUV outside his parents' home along route 973.

"Chief William Solomon of the Old Lycoming Township police department says investigators believe Snyder used an accelerant to set the fire at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Court records indicate that he had been arrested last fall on a charge of assaulting the victim. Under a protection from abuse order later granted to her, the two were to have no contact other than exchanging custody of their two young children."


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bodies Found In Car

"PENHOOK, VA — Officials have released details in the apparent murder/suicide involving a former Danville surgeon and his wife.

"Karen and Kim Yee were found in their car in Penhook Tuesday with gunshot wounds. Investigators say this story actually started about 24 hours before their bodies were found.

"The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says they believe the two got into an altercation on Monday at a dumpster site in Pittsylvania County. They believe one of the two was shot at that scene, and no one else was involved. Investigators say their personal belongings, broken glass, and red stains were found there. But their bodies were found in their car the next day on Ramsey Memorial Drive in Penhook.

"The Franklin County Sheriff's Office can't say yet who shot whom. But they do say the handgun was found in Kim Yee's lap and he was in the driver seat. They also say he was believed to have been shot once, while she was shot three times."


Family Members Find Bodies Of Couple

"KENTWOOD, LA — Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says a Kentwood man shot his wife in an apparent murder/suicide Tuesday.

"Family members found the bodies of 30-year-old Jonathan Williams and 26-year-old Mallory Ricks Williams at a residence on Pittman Road in Kentwood.

"Detectives believe Jonathan Williams shot his wife then shot and killed himself.

"Investigators are still waiting for the final report from the coroner's office but are investigating the incident as a murder/suicide."

From WVUE...

Two Dead In Shooting At Upscale Resort

"ADAIRSVILLE, GA — Authorities say two people are dead after an apparent murder and suicide at the upscale Barnsley Gardens resort northwest of Atlanta.

"Bartow County sheriff's Sgt. Jonathan Rogers [said] that deputies responded to the resort in the Adairsville area around 2:40 a.m. Thursday. They found a female clerk who had been shot. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

"Rogers said deputies discovered that a man suspected of shooting her fled into nearby woods and refused to come out.

"He said they searched the area and eventually found the suspected gunman, who had died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Names of the people involved were not released Thursday morning.

"Rogers said there are no other suspects involved, and the shootings are considered to be `family violence-related.`"


Dead Couple Had No History Of Domestic Violence

"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A couple was found dead in a home on the city's east side after an apparent slaying-suicide, Indianapolis police said.

"Just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, IMPD officers were sent to a house in the 1800 block of North Priscilla Avenue on reports that two deceased individuals were inside the home.

"When officers arrived, they found the body of a man and a woman.

"Homicide detectives identified the victims as married couple Brandy Payne, 27, and Cory Gaines, 31.

"The Marion County Coroner had yet to confirm the cause of death, but the police report stated that officers found a gun at the scene.

"Investigators said the couple had no prior instances of domestic violence.

"Family members said the couple had been married for six years."


2 Critical, 2 Dead After Shooting Rampage

"MIAMI, FL — Depression may have led a Miami father to go on a shooting rampage inside his Shenandoah neighborhood home before turning the gun on himself.

"A senior law enforcement source [said] that the man, identified by the medical examiner as 45-year old Carlos Zuniga, had been depressed and it had worsened over the last few weeks.

"According to the source, Wednesday evening Zuniga shot his wife Michelle first in their home in the 2600 block of SW 26th Street. He then reportedly shot his 14-year old daughter Lauren twice as she tried to run away.

"Zuniga’s son, 11-year old Stefan, ran and locked himself in his bedroom and called 9-1-1. According to the source, Zuniga forced his way into his son’s bedroom and shot him.

"When police arrived the first officers heard shots being fired inside the house. As they surrounded the house the gunfire inside stopped and when the cops went in they found Zuniga dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A Glock handgun lay nearby, according to the source.

"According to the medical examiner, Stefan Zuniga passed away at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center early Thursday morning.

"Zuniga’s wife and daughter remain in critical condition.

"Zuniga, a former airline pilot, ran a business call Miami Air Ballooning Inc. out of the family’s home. He’s also been an aviation safety inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration since September 2010."

From CBS Miami...

Shooter Dead, Officer Wounded In Domestic Incident

"BIG FLATS, WI — Authorities now say a domestic abuse case from suburban Milwaukee is what led to the shootings of a man and a sheriff’s officer more than 150 miles away in Adams County.

"West Allis Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett said his officers got a call around 6 p.m. Tuesday that a 52-year-old woman was missing under suspicious circumstances.

"Investigators then tracked her and her 55-year-old husband to the Adams County town of Big Flats. Officers were called to a house there around 7:30 p.m.

"Sheriff Sam Wollin said the man fired several shots at the officers—and he wounded an Adams County deputy before shooting himself. Wollin did not disclose the extent of the injuries, or the names of the two men involved.

"The woman had obtained a restraining order, in which a judge ordered the husband to stay away from her due to recent domestic incidents.

"An investigation continues."

From WHBL...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Deputies Find Bodies After Responding To 911 Call

"VALLEY CENTER, CA — An investigation was under way Wednesday into an apparent murder/suicide in Valley Center, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

"Shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, someone called 911 from a residence in the 18000 block of Littlefield Lane to report that two people had been shot in that house, said San Diego County sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser.

"Deputies arrived minutes later and found a man and woman with apparent gunshot wounds, Fraser said. Paramedics pronounced both dead at the scene, he said.

"`Two adult family members were present at the scene at the time of the shooting and were not injured,` Fraser said, adding that both were escorted from the house to be interviewed by investigators.

"The caller who phoned 911 was a parent of the dead man, sheriff's Lt. Kevin Menzies said. The caller said the man had shot his own wife, then turned the gun on himself, Menzies said.

"Detectives were trying to determine a motive for the shootings and do not believe there are any outstanding suspects, Fraser said."


Officers Find Couple Shot To Death

"BALTIMORE, MD — Homicide detectives are investigating a fatal double shooting in Baltimore.

"According to Baltimore City Police, officers were called to 3931 Frisby Street after 6 p.m. Tuesday and found one adult male and one adult female shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide.

"A 12-year-old was found in the house uninjured.

"The female victim has been identified as 33-year-old Candace Baird. Baird was found shot in the torso area.

"Investigators believe the male shot Baird before turning the weapon on himself. The male was found suffering what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"Today's My Last Day"

"TUSTIN, CA — Authorities say that Ali Syed, 20, is the man suspected of killing three and injuring others before shooting himself to death.

"The suspect lived at home with his parents, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Jim Amormino said at an afternoon news conference. He was unemployed and taking one class at Saddleback College, Amormino said.

"The suspect's motive is unknown, Tustin Chief Scott Jordan said. The relationship between Syed and the woman who was the first victim is unknown, Amormino said; she has yet to be identified, but is not Syed's mother. Syed was single, Jordan said.

"Syed's parents were at the residence at the time of the shootings, Amormino said; they fled the residence after shots were fired and called authorities.

"A person carjacked by Syed said that Syed allegedly told them, `I don't want to hurt you. I killed somebody. Today's my last day,` according to Jordan.

"The victim in the Santa Ana homicide was 69-year-old Melvin Lee Edwards, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said. Rojas said authorities believe Edwards was cooperating with Syed.

"Authorities believe the only weapon used by Syed was a shotgun, which they believe was his weapon. It appeared that only one weapon was used, Amormino said.

"Jordan said there was no conspiracy and no additional suspects, and that Orange County residents don't need to be concerned about their safety."

From KPCC...

Baker's Killer Was Free On Bond

"CINCINNATI, OH — Cincinnati police said they responded to an apartment in the 4100 block of Dane Avenue just after 10 p.m. Monday to check the welfare of a resident.

"When officers got inside, they found Tanika Carter, 34, and Christian Mitchell, 36, had been shot to death.

"Carter is the owner of Taste of Nikki Pastry Shop on Race Street across from Findlay Market.

"`She'd try to work around and help the kids, teach the kids how to run a register and count money, stuff you got to know,` said Carter's friend, Mike Moody.

"Patrons said they didn't know Mitchell, but he was arrested last month on aggravated menacing charges and, according to court records, threatened Carter with a gun.

"At the time of the shooting, Mitchell was free on $45,000 bond, but a judge had ordered him to stay away from Carter."

From WLWT...

Music Teacher Killed In Texas Murder/Suicide

"SAN ANTONIO, TX — The Bexar County sheriff's Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide after two bodies were found inside a home on Tuesday morning.

"The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside the master bedroom of a home in the 11000 block of Buck Canyon after a co-worker of the woman went to the home to check on her welfare.

"The deceased woman has been identified as Deanna Tiller, a 50-year-old music teacher at Allen Elementary School in the Northside Independent School District.

"The name of the deceased man was not immediately available.

"Investigators said they believe the shooting occurred Saturday night.

"Tiller's 20-year-old son told investigators that he heard his mother and her boyfriend arguing on Saturday night, so he left the house and came back later.

"He told deputies that he rarely interacted with the couple and did not know that there had been a shooting.

"BCSO spokesman Paul Berry said the man was found on the edge of the bed with a single gunshot wound to the head. The woman was found face down inside the bathroom."


Argument Preceded Attempted Murder/Suicide

"STATEN ISLAND, NY — A 44-year-old man fatally stabbed his estranged wife, then tried to kill himself inside their New Springville condo Monday afternoon, according to law enforcement sources.

"The couple was reportedly arguing prior to the bloodshed, those sources said.

"Police say they arrived at 42A Country Drive North, near the Staten Island Mall, at about 3:40 p.m. to find Ilona Ganzha, 44, dead with multiple stab wounds inside the home. Police also found Adiljan Anarbaev, 44, according to law enforcement sources and neighbors, with multiple stab wounds.

"NYPD officials say his wounds appear to have been self-inflicted. An EMS ambulance took Anarbaev to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, in critical condition, and sources say his injuries are believed to be life-threatening."


Monday, February 18, 2013

"End-Of-Life" Was Doctor's Specialty

"CROSS LANES, WV — A doctor who specialized in end-of-life care and his wife were found shot to death in their Cross Lanes home Monday. Sheriff's deputies believe the two were killed in a murder/suicide.

"Neighbors identified the man in the home as Dr. Bruce Foster. His wife, Marlise Foster, was identified later. Both were in their early 60s.

"Kanawha Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys said outside the home that both victims had gunshot wounds, and a gun was found in the home.

"The `working theory,` Humphreys said, is that the deaths are a murder/suicide. There are no other suspects, he said.

"Bruce Foster's co-workers came to the Flairwood Drive home Monday because Foster hadn't shown up for work, said the Fosters' next-door neighbors, Jon and Betty Walker.

"Jon Walker, who was getting ready to work on his car, helped the co-workers get into the Fosters' house, where they found the two bodies.

"No one had heard from the couple since Saturday, Humphreys said."


1 Dead, 2 Serious After Attempted Double Murder/Suicide

"RAY CITY, GA — A mother and her child are recovering in the hospital after being shot by the child's father Saturday. Investigators say the man then turned the gun on himself.

"Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton calls it a `tragedy`. An attempted murder/suicide. But the only one left dead was the father.

"The shooting happened in a house just off Highway 125 in Western Lanier County just south of Ray City. Authorities responded to the call a little before 1 pm Saturday afternoon.

"They found all three occupants had been shot, but only one of them dead: the father. Several agencies responded to the scene including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

"Neighbors were simply stunned.

"`The yard was just full of officers and they were taping off the house. Immediately it was panic because that was absolutely just not expected, particularly for the neighborhood we live in,` said Jessica Parker, a neighbor who lives almost right across the street.

"The mother and daughter are reportedly in treatment. Both are in serious but stable condition. The father was declared dead at the scene.

"Investigators have not released any of their names while they are notifying family members."


2 Dead, 2 Injured In Domestic Incident

"FAIRDEALING, MO — Two people are dead and two others hospitalized after an apparent murder/suicide Saturday night in Ripley County, Missouri.

"It all happened at a home off of County Road 32.

"According to Ripley County Sheriff Ron Barnett and the Missouri Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Colton Turner reportedly shot and killed one person then stabbed two others before killing himself.

"According to Sheriff Barnett, the Colton's girlfriend wanted to leave a home she and Colton shared together. The girlfriend's family came over to help gather some of her belongings. According to the sheriff's Office, it was Turner's grandmother's home.

"Sheriff Barnett says Colton reportedly killed his girlfriend's father, Dean McColley, Sr.

"Colton also allegedly stabbed the girlfriend's brother, Dean McColley, Jr., 9 times and stabbed the girlfriend's mother, Sherry McColley, in the back one time.

"`He had this big shy smile, he was a shy boy,` said Merrilee Johnson, a neighbor. `And to this happened? He'd always give me a big smile and a big bear hug when he'd see me out, you know? I loved him like a relative, you know?`

"One stabbing victim was sent to an area hospital, while the other was flown to Memphis, Tennessee for treatment.

"Friends of the family say McColley, Jr. was listed in serious condition.

"The incident is still under investigation."


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Three Men Dead In Double Murder/Suicide

"CAIRO, GA — GBI agents and Cairo Police are investigating a shooting that left three men dead.

"Officials were called to a home at 1019 8th Avenue NE in Cairo around 7:30pm Saturday night.

"Agents say 38 year-old Jacinto Olguin, 57 year-old Jose Reyes Beltran and 39 year-old Aliro Ramirez died from apparent gunshot wounds. Agents believe one of the men shot the other two, then turned the gun on himself. Agents aren't saying who pulled the trigger yet, but they did recover the murder weapon, which was a handgun.

"`It's definitely a shock to the community because most of these people, the Mexicans here they are very gentle people. They are very friendly people. They are good people in general,` says friend Al Rocuant.

"Jose Reyes Beltran and Aliro Ramirez died at the scene. Jacinto Olguin died at Grady General Hospital.

"Autopsies are scheduled for Monday. Agents say they don't have a motive at this time."

From WALB...

"A Bad Situation Gone Bad"

"COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA — A relationship ended with gunshots in a Council Bluffs home on Saturday.

"Police said 38-year-old Stephony Metzger died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning at the Bluffs Acres mobile home park, north of Lake Manawa. They also found 42-year-old Terry Francis inside, who died of a single gunshot wound.

"Authorities said it appeared that Francis shot Metzger and then turned the gun on himself.

"The two had been in a long-term relationship, according to police, one which a neighbor said the woman had been trying to end.

"`He would not take no for an answer, and it just accumulated to this,` said neighbor Jennifer Iwersen. `It’s just a bad situation gone bad.`

"A family member called police just after 10 a.m. after the shooting. Investigators said a woman and a child were also inside the home during the shooting, but officials said they were not suspects.

"Officials said they were not searching for anyone in the case.

"Family members said they loved the woman who lived at the home. She had three children between the ages of 12 and 18, family members said."

From KETV...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Couple Pronounced Dead At The Scene

"HIGH POINT, NC — Authorities announced that the Thursday deaths of a Randolph County couple were the result of an apparent murder/suicide.

"Deputies responded to 1267 Beverly Hills Drive about 6 p.m. after a 911 caller reported that two people had been shot inside the residence, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

"Clayton Woodrow Barricks, 29, and Jennifer Dawn Hill, 30, were both pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said.

"It was unclear Friday which person investigators believe killed the other. Authorities have not released that information, and sheriff’s officials could not be reached for comment.

"Investigators have said the victims were involved in domestic relationship. Both bodies were taken to the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies.

"The scene is just south of High Point in the northwest corner of Randolph County.

"The house is on a dirt road behind Flash Gordon Motors and Leasing automotive dealership. The neighborhood was quiet on Friday morning, with no signs apparent that it had been a crime scene the previous evening."


Pair Found Dead On Valentines Day

"SANJOSE, CA — A man and a woman were both shot and killed in East San Jose yesterday afternoon, in an apparent murder/suicide.

"Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer [said] the pair were found in an upstairs bedroom of an East San Jose home on the 1800 block of Bermuda Avenue, near Ocala Avenue.

"Dwyer says police believe the pair were romantically involved, and that the man shot the woman before turning the gun on himself.

"The man and woman were found by another man living in the home, who reported the crime to police.

"The home is located across from William C. Overfelt High School, but Dwyer says there was no disruption at the school from the incident, as it was very self-contained and police were on scene quickly.

"The investigation is ongoing."

From KLIV...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Argument Between Brothers Leaves One Dead, One Wounded

"BLOUNTVILLE, TN — New facts are coming out of Sullivan County, Tennessee concerning a shooting involving two brothers.

"The sheriff's office sent out a news release Friday afternoon saying one of the brothers died from his injury.

"According to the sheriff's office's public information officer Leslie Earhart, deputies got called to 311 Bowman Creek Road around 7:30 Thursday night. Earhart says witnesses told them brothers Daniel and David Baker had been arguing when when Daniel stood up and shot David in the chest, and then shot himself in the head.

"David Baker was taken to the hospital by a friend and his condition is stable.

"Daniel Baker was taken by ambulance to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Friday afternoon."


Deadly Reaction To Eviction Notice

"RAMSEY, MN — A Ramsey husband and wife found dead in their home Tuesday, Feb. 12, in an apparent murder-suicide reportedly received an eviction notice the day before.

"Police found the bodies of Mitchell Wolfe Fine and Caron Margaret Fine just after 10:30 p.m. after their adult daughter requested a welfare check at their house in the 8500 block of 176th Lane Northwest, according to Cmdr. Paul Sommer, spokesman for the Anoka County sheriff's office.

"She had received a troubling email from her father indicating the two were being evicted and planned to kill themselves, Sommer said.

"The 67-year-old woman and 65-year-old man reportedly had health problems that prevented them from working. They were renting the Ramsey house and living there alone, Sommer said.

"Their bodies were found in a bedroom with gunshot wounds to their heads. Nine cats were also found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

"Evidence suggests Caron Fine died first, Sommer said. He said there was no sign of a struggle.

"Both a .25-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber bolt-action rifle were found in the house.

"Investigators believe Mitchell Fine used the rifle to kill the cats and the handgun to kill himself and his wife. It is not known if the man had a permit, Sommer said."



05/31/2012 — Murder/suicide cats looking for homes...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dead Couple Had Been Married Over 60 Years

"CHESTER, PA — Police say they believe the shooting deaths of an elderly couple in a Philadelphia-area home were a murder-suicide.

"Officers in Delaware County were called to the Bethel Township home at about 3:40 p.m. Monday for what was originally reported to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

"But Chief Thomas Worrilow says paramedics and township police officers found a 92-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man dead in the garage of gunshot wounds. He says one apparently shot the other and then committed suicide. Their names were not being released.

"Worrilow said the two had been married for more than 60 years and had lived in the home for at least a half-century.

"But he says both had health problems and `it appears to be a mercy killing and a suicide.`"


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shooter Suffered From Unspecified Mental Illness

"COLLEGE PARK, MD — Prince George's County Police Police have identified the suspected shooter in an apparent murder-suicide as Dayvon Maurice Green, a graduate student at the University of Maryland.

"Authorities say Green opened fire on his two housemates in an off-campus residence in College Park, killing one and wounding the other before turning the gun on himself.

"Police said Green had been suffering from an unspecified mental illness before the shooting. He had purchased the gun legally about one year ago.

"Green was studying computer science. He had completed an undergraduate degree at Morgan State University.

"Police said that shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, he set a fire in the basement of his rented house in the 8700 block of 36th Avenue near University Boulevard. As his two housemates ran outside and confronted him, he opened fire, according to authorities.

"Green then went to the rear of the house and killed himself, police said.

"One housemate, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, ran to a neighbor's house for help. The other victim later died at a local hospital."

From NBC Washington...

Neighbor Hears Victim Plead For Her Life Before Shooting

"FITZGERALD, GA — Two children have no parents after a deadly case of domestic violence in their home, Monday.

"A Fitzgerald woman died a few hours after the husband, from whom she was trying to separate, shot her then killed himself.

"`Very shocking, very,` said neighbor Sara Pittman.

"Pittman couldn't believe the news that her neighbor, 24-year old Courtney Whipple, died after being shot by her husband.

"The husband was 27-year old Jamaal Whipple, who then took his own life, all while the couple's one and two- year-old children were in the apartment.

"`What got me so mad was when I found out those two children were in that apartment when he was doing the shooting,` said Pittman.

"Police say Whipple was shot twice by her husband, once in the head and the stomach.

"She was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon where she died.

"One next door neighbor who did not want to talk on camera said he heard Whipple pleading for her life before the fatal shots were fired and one of the bullets went through the wall and hit his dryer.

"Fitzgerald Police say the couple had a history of domestic violence."

From WALB...

911 Call Reveals Gruesome Scene

"NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — Pasco County authorities say a man beat a woman to death in her home and then hung himself Monday afternoon.

"`We do not believe that we are looking for anybody else in terms of a suspect,` New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens said. `We do believe that the suspect in this murder is dead inside the house as a result of hanging.`

"The female victim has been indentified as Tina Diane Lane, 37, a resident of 6018 Maplewood Drive, police said. The name of the man is being withheld until his next of kin is notified, but police said the family knew him.

"Lane died of blunt force trauma.

"Steffens said the Lane's daughter, a teen, returned home from school about 2:30 p.m. and found the man's body. She immediately called 911.

"She did not see her mother's body, Steffens said.

"Officers found the man's body in one part of the house and Lane's in another part of the house.

"Authorities were working to determine the relationship between the two."


Monday, February 11, 2013

Police Arrive Within Minutes Of Shooting

"CHARLESTON, WV — Police said a Charleston man shot another man to death inside a West Side home on Sunday night, then killed himself.

"Michael Cassell, 36, was shot multiple times inside the bedroom of his home at 926 Red Oak St. by Patrick Price, 34, of Randolph Street, police said at a news conference this morning. Price then shot himself, police said.

"Cassell's wife and 11-year-old daughter were in the home when the shooting happened, but escaped unharmed, police said.

"Police said the incident could be characterized as a home invasion, even though Price and Cassell knew each other.

"`It was definitely not random,` said Charleston Police Department Lt. Steve Cooper. `The suspect in this case was specifically targeted.`

"The shooting happened at 9:34 p.m. Sunday, police said. Both men were dead when police got to the scene minutes later."

From the Gazette...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"It Certainly Came Out Of The Blue"

"PRICE, UT — A couple is dead in what Carbon County investigators are calling an apparent murder-suicide. Authorities said a man called the Price Utah Public Safety Dispatch just before 3 a.m. on Sunday to report that he shot his wife and intended to shoot himself. Officers from various police agencies responded to a residence on 635 West 300 South in Price.

"Four children were safely removed from the residence as officers attempted to make contact with the husband and wife who remained inside.

"A Carbon County Sheriff SWAT team entered the residence and discovered the bodies of 37-year old David Scott Donaldson and 32-year old Shaniel Kaye Donaldson in the master bedroom.

"The investigation by Price Police Department and the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office is ongoing. The children—who were not physically harmed—are in the custody of family members.

"According to Price Police Captain Bill Barnes, there had been no history of `domestic discord` in the home, making the incident all the more surprising.

"`From the outside, it certainly came out of the blue,` he said. `It's a shock to everybody that knew them. It's very horrific!`"

From Deseret News...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Medial Examination Reveals Murder/Suicide

"GREENSBORO, NC — Two people found dead in their home died as a result of a murder/suicide, police said today.

"That conclusion followed the results of medical examinations performed on the couple, who were found dead in their home at 10 Nealtown Way on Wednesday morning.

"Police responding to a 911 call found Karla Betrice Aquillir Ramirez, 28, and her husband Roberto Armando Guillen, 59, inside the home.

"Police said Guillen fatally shot Ramirez, then shot himself.

"Police said a motive was unknown."


Police Find Elderly Couple Dead

"PHOENIX, AZ — Police say an elderly couple died in a murder/suicide Friday afternoon in a north Phoenix senior living community.

"First reports of the shooting came in around 3 p.m. at LifeStream Senior Living in northeast Phoenix, located near Loop 101 and Cave Creek Road.

"A Phoenix police lieutenant on scene [said] that a married couple in their 80s has died.

"According to police, officers were called to the home Friday by the couple's son after his father allegedly told him he was going to shoot himself and his wife. Responding officers found the man and woman dead inside the residence.

"The woman was reportedly suffering from Alzheimer's and several other health issues, police [said].

"The couple had been married for 66 years."


Bodies Found In SUV

"SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Two adults found dead Friday inside a vehicle on an I-80 off-ramp were likely killed in a murder-suicide, police said.

"Utah Highway Patrol troopers said the SUV was parked on the side of the road on I-80 eastbound to Redwood Road.

"The female driver of the car and her male passenger — later identified as Iris Rodriguez, 32, and Felipe Rodriguez, 37 — both had gunshot wounds to the head.

"`It appears the driver was shot first, and then the passenger shot himself,` Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Steven Winward said.

"`We don't know the extent of this family, if they had family or what, if they leave behind children or what,` Winward said. `We don't know the entire situation.`

"The car was parked under the I-215 overpass and UHP closed the ramp to I-80 eastbound at Redwood Road as well as the southbound I-215 west ramp to I-80 southbound while the investigation was underway. It remained closed until early Friday afternoon."


2 Dead, 1 Injured After Domestic Incident

"SPRINGFIELD, MA — Police say a shooting early Friday morning was a domestic related murder/suicide.

"Springfield Police Capt. Thomas Trites says that around 1:30 Friday morning, 27-year-old Anthony Brown allegedly broke his way into a home at 108 Wellington Street in Springfield, where the mother of his children, 26-year-old Julie Treadwell, lived.

"Brown was met at the top of a flight of stairs where he was met by a 28-year-old unidentified man.

"Trites adds that Brown and the other man got into a struggle at which time Brown pulled out a gun. The other man was able to break free and jump out a window when Brown shot him once as he lept then a second time when the man reached the ground.

"Brown then allegedly went into the apartment, shot and killed Treadwell, before turning the gun on himself.

"The male victim suffered a gunshot wound to his arm and shoulder, and was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he is expected to survive."

From WGGB...

SWAT Finds Victim Dead, Shooter Unconscious

"PLYMOUTH, WI — Police continue investigating why a man in his 70s shot and killed his neighbor before turning the gun on himself at his rural property southeast of Orfordville on Wednesday morning.

"The victim, a woman in her 50s who lived on the same road, was found dead of a gunshot wound in a shed across the road from the man’s house, Sheriff Robert Spoden said.

"The man was in custody in critical condition Wednesday night at University Hospital in Madison being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Spoden said.

"Spoden declined to name the man, but he said the shooting occurred on the man’s property. Rock County property records list Daniel and Emma Bellard as the owners of 6707 W. Stuart Road.

"`We are confident this is the only suspect that’s involved in this and we believe this is an isolated incident,` he said.

"The suspect’s wife reported the incident, Spoden said.

"Deputies set up a perimeter after learning there might be multiple victims and a shooter loose in the area, he said. Morning fog limited visibility.

"The SWAT team was deployed, and a systematic search of the property led deputies to find the woman in a shed across the road from the home, Spoden said. When it was clear she did not survive, deputies continued the search for the suspect, he said.

"The suspect was discovered in a shed next to the house, where he was semiconscious, he said.

"The man was taken into custody and flown by helicopter to University Hospital. The man is in custody but authorities had not made a formal arrest as of late Wednesday, he said."


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Suspect, Ex-Girlfriend Found Dead In Home

"UTICA, NY — Police in Utica say a man sought for shooting an ex-girlfriend earlier this week has been found dead along with another woman who was also a former girlfriend.

"Authorities tell local media outlets Thursday that 37-year-old Jerry McNair and 36-year-old Petra Gonzalez died of gunshot wounds in what they believe was a murder/suicide.

"Police had surrounded a home in Utica on Wednesday after being told McNair was in the building. When they entered the home later that night, officers found the bodies on the second floor.

"Investigators had been seeking McNair since Tuesday, when his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head. Information on her condition isn't being released."


Family Of Four Found Dead

"ERWIN, TN — According to a news release issued Saturday by Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson, officers from the Erwin Police Department were dispatched to 750 Carolina Ave., Apt. 124B, at a little past 2 a.m. Saturday on the report of a wounded person calling 911.

"The release states officers made entry into the residence, where the bodies of two adults, subsequently identified as Bridget Hughes, 39, and Herbert Clyde Hughes Jr., 47, and two children, later identified as Austin Hughes, 11, and Whitney Hughes, 12, were discovered. According to officials, it appeared Herbert Clyde Hughes shot and killed his wife and their two children before committing suicide.

"`This appears to be a domestic-related incident where the aggressor inflicted fatal gunshot wounds to his wife and two children the took his own life,` the Erwin Police release stated."


One Teen Dead, One Critical After Attempted Murder/Suicide

"MARION, NC — Investigators are still sifting through the facts of what occurred on Roberta Street Tuesday night that left one teen dead and another clinging to life.

"`We feel pretty strongly this was a murder/suicide attempt, but we haven’t completely verified that scenario,` McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene stated late Tuesday night.

"As of Wednesday, 16-year-old Abraham Isai Valadez, of Sixth Street in Marion, was in critical condition at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, having suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

"His friend, 18-year-old Daniel De Jesus Umana-Escobar, of Tunnel Road in Marion, died at the scene, having suffered a gunshot wound to the torso. His body was sent for autopsy in Winston-Salem.

"Capt. Shanon Smith of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said detectives found a handgun at the scene.

"`We have no information to suggest that anyone else was involved other than these two individuals,` Smith stated. `We are not ruling anything out, but we are not actively pursuing any suspects at this time.`"


"They Were Really Nice Guys"

"LAKE WORTH, FL — Two men are dead after a recently ended relationship turned into a murder-suicide this afternoon, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

"Gabriel Ferrarotti, 37, was shot and killed in his Lake Worth apartment by Leopold Azplazu, 32, who then turned the gun and killed himself, said Teri Barbera, sheriff’s spokeswoman.

"The men had been in a relationship for about 11 years and had recently broken up, Barbera said. Azplazu was supposed to move out of the apartment Tuesday night, his friends told investigators. When Ferrarotti did not show up for work Wednesday, deputies were asked to to conduct a welfare check at the apartment.

"At about 12:30 p.m. today, the deputies went to the 100 block of South Lakeside Drive and discovered the bodies of both men inside the apartment, Barbera said.

"Deputies remained at the scene late this evening as crime scene tape blocked the street. Two cars were towed away from the residence.

"Tibor Nagy, of Lake Worth, said he knows the owner of the residence and met the two men while attending cookouts in the neighborhood.

"`They were really nice guys,` he said. `Something drastic must have happened between them. I’m really surprised. They were the nicest two guys you wanted to meet.`"

From the Palm Beach Post...

Woman Survives Being Shot 6 Times In Botched Murder/Suicide

"HARVEY, LA — Authorities say a 48-year-old man shot the mother of his children six times before taking his own life with a gunshot wound to the head early Wednesday morning in Harvey. The Jefferson Parish coroner's office has identified the deceased as Adrian Adams of Harvey.

"The victim, Brandy Perry, 34, was treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds to her arms, chest and ear, according to relatives. She is expected to recover.

"The shooting occurred at Perry's two-story residence at 2704 W. Catawba Drive, Harvey, while the pair's three children, ages 13, 12 and 9, were in nearby bedrooms.

"The shooting stemmed from an ongoing quarrel over Adams' unemployment, according to Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Adams allegedly woke Perry from her sleep around midnight to argue. He armed himself with a pistol when she tried to remove him from the house, Boyd said.

"Perry then tried to call 911 for help, but Adams opened fire, striking her six times. Perry ran to one of her children's bedrooms and barricaded herself inside, Boyd said. Adams fired twice through the door. Perry told authorities she heard only one more pop, the sound of Adams shooting himself in their bedroom, Boyd said."


Mom Shoots Three Kids Before Killing Herself

"DENVER, CO — A Denver woman shot her three children before committing suicide, police confirmed Thursday.

"When police responded to a 911 call at her home Wednesday morning, they found a bloody scene, which they eventually classified as a murder-suicide, police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez [said].

"Before turning the gun on herself, 22-year-old Mayra Perez fatally shot her daughter, Nevaeh Morales, and her son, Erick Perez, and critically injured her youngest daughter, Isabel Perez, police said. All the children were younger than 7, authorities said.

"In a news conference Thursday at Denver Health Medical Center, where Isabel remained in critical condition, Perez’s brother Tony Nuñez gave an emotional statement.

"`Being the brother of the person who caused this tragedy, I wish I could say or express in words a 'sorry,'` Nuñez said. `But what’s done is done. Whatever reason drove her to this, it’s going to be in God’s hands. He will be the judge of her.`"

From the Los Angeles Times...

Health Issues Cited In Deaths Of Elderly Couple

"EAST BERLIN, PA — An elderly Washington Township man fatally shot his wife of 65 years as she lay in their bed, then turned the gun on himself, police said.

"The murder/suicide happened sometime Tuesday at a home in the 200 block of Bermudian Church Road, York County Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said.

"Jeanette Brown, 84, suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, Stabley said.

"Her husband, 85-year-old Sherman Brown, then sat in a bedroom chair and shot himself in the head, according to Stabley.

"State police said they were called to the home at 9:12 p.m. Tuesday by the couple's son, who went there to check on them.

"Sherman Brown did not leave a note, according to Stabley, who said Jeanette Brown had health issues.

"`(Her husband) was one of the caregivers for her,` he said.

"There was a recent change in her health that exacerbated her condition, Stabley said.

"She was suffering from terminal cancer and her health was significantly deteriorating, according to Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

"Jeanette Brown was sleeping when she was shot, Hicks said.

"Sherman Brown used a .22-caliber rifle to kill his wife and himself, police said."


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Employee Finds Bodies At Storage Unit

"COLUMBUS, GA — A 38-year-old Army captain apparently shot a 27-year-old woman and then turned the gun on himself Tuesday afternoon near an open storage unit at American Storage Rental Spaces, officials said.

"Both were pronounced dead at 4:35 p.m., Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said.

"Bryan said the bodies would be sent to Atlanta Wednesday for an official autopsy. Each person had a single gunshot wound.

"The weapon, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson, was recovered.

"Captain J.D. Hawk said they received the call at 4:13 p.m. An employee was checking the grounds and found the bodies next to an open storage unit on the property at 3560 Victory Drive.

"Bryan said it appears the shooting happened around 2:50 p.m.

"The woman, Bryan said, was wearing what looked like an engagement ring.

"A vehicle that was taken from the scene had a Texas license plate."

From the Ledger-Enquirer...

Neighbors Stunned By Murder/Suicide

"ROCKY MOUNT, NC — Neighbors said they didn’t know much about the Rocky Mount man suspected of shooting Terri Lynn Clark, 41, before allegedly turning the gun on himself Friday.

"Timothy Joreski, 59, lived at a house on the 4300 block of Lessie Trail, but Clark was from Norfolk, Va., and authorities are unsure what led to the shooting, only stating the two were acquaintances.

"`At this point in the investigation, we believe the male suspect did in fact kill the female subject during a dispute before turning the gun on himself,` Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis said.

"Neighbors who did not give their names said they were stunned to look out their windows near midnight Friday and see the blue glow from police lights.

"Lewis said officers responded around 11:40 p.m. to a shooting at the house. Joreski and Clark were dead inside the home when officials arrived. Both bodies were taken to Greenville for autopsies.

"`This is going to be ruled a homicide and suicide investigation,` Lewis said.

"One neighbor said she was watching television when the shooting occurred and didn’t hear anything suspicious while a nearby man only knew the suspect’s first name. The woman said Joreski mostly kept to himself."

Source: Rocky Mount Telegram...

Dead Couple Were Having Marital Problems

"IRVING, TX — Police say an Irving man dropped his 5-year-old child off with a neighbor before killing the child’s mother and himself Sunday.

"The apparent murder-suicide happened shortly before 1 p.m. in the 1800 block of Jordan Court, a neighborhood just south of Airport Freeway near Carl Road.

"Before the shooting, 44-year-old Luke Sy Dinh walked his child down the street and asked a neighbor to keep an eye on the 5-year-old. The neighbor quickly became concerned and called police.

"Officers arrived and, getting no answer to their repeated knocks, looked in a window to see Dinh on the floor, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

"Police also found a woman, later identified as 27-year-old Ha Thi Nguyen, shot to death inside the home.

"Dinh left a note, and the couple’s family said they were having marital problems.

"The child was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services."


Monday, February 4, 2013

2 Kids & 2 Adults Found Dead During Welfare Check

"JOHNS CREEK, GA — Police are investigating the slayings of two children and two adults found dead Monday as an apparent murder-suicide.

"Authorities found the bodies of a man, woman and two children—believed to be 10 and 5 years old—in a Johns Creek apartment Monday morning, said city spokeswoman Rosemary Taylor. The slayings are the first recorded in Johns Creek since it was incorporated in 2006, Taylor said.

"It was unclear Monday evening how long the people had been dead. Their identities and causes of death were not immediately released.

"A co-worker of the slain woman called police and requested a welfare check when she did not show up for work, Taylor said. Police responded to the ground-floor apartment on Abbot's Bridge Road around 11:30 a.m. and found the bodies.

"`We are currently investigating the incident as a possible murder-suicide,` Police Chief Ed Densmore said in a release, `but the investigation is ongoing and no definite answers are known as this time.`

"Taylor said the apartment showed no signs of forced entry."

Source: The Telegraph...

"They Kept To Themselves"

"ALCOA, TN — Alcoa authorities say it appears a 47-year-old man shot his 39-year-old live-in girlfriend and her 18-year-old son to death Sunday night before killing himself.

"The dead are identified this afternoon as alleged gunman Amos L. Turbyfill, Stacy L. Wade and her son Joshua J. Demetri, according to a release from the Alcoa Police Department.

"The reason for the killings remains under investigation.

"The three lived together in a home at 813 Maple St. Police responded at 8:41 p.m. Sunday to a report of a shooting at the home.

"Neighbor David Hammontree said Turbyfill and Wade had lived there with the teen for a number of years.

"`They kept to themselves,` he said. `The only time I saw them is when they'd wave when they were going down the alley.`

"Turbyfill was due in Blount County General Sessions Court on Feb. 8 on a simple assault charge, stemming from an altercation over a car repossession.

"He was accused of hitting another man in the face Jan. 4, according to court records.

"According to the complaint, the pair had a verbal dispute that became physical when Turbyfill struck Josh B. Spears of Knoxville in the face, according to records.

"Turbyfill was served with the warrant while in custody, according to the complaint.

"His occupation was listed as a driver for Conway trucking company."


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Man Shoots Sons, Dog Before Killing Himself

"MURPHYS, CA — A Murphys man killed his two teenage sons, then took his own life, Calaveras County sheriff's deputies said today.

"They found the grisly murder/suicide scene at the family's home Saturday afternoon.

"Phillip Marshall, 54, and his sons, Alex, 17, and Micaila, 14, were found dead about 3:10 p.m. in the home on Sandalwood Drive in the Forest Meadows subdivision. Each had a single gunshot wound to the head, sheriff's investigators said.

"No motive for the killings is known. The case is under investigation.

"Friends of the teens had not heard from the victims since Thursday, and went to the home to check on them. While at the front door of the house, they could see the father lying on the floor in a pool of blood and called deputies.

"The sons were found dead on a couch in the home. The family dog was also shot and found dead in a bedroom.

"The weapon is believed to be a handgun, deputies said.

"The estranged wife and mother of the two boys is out of the country, deputies said. She has been notified of the deaths.

"Both of the teen victims were students at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp."

Source: Sacramento Bee...

Killer Spares Wife But Makes Her Watch

"BOYNTON BEACH, FL — A South Florida man strangled his two young sons with a rope at his estranged wife’s house and then used a gun to shoot one of the boys several times before he shot himself to death, authorities said Saturday afternoon.

"Police say Isidro Zavala, 45, early Saturday went to the Boynton Beach home of his wife with the intention of killing her and their children, Eduardo Zavala, 12, and Mario Zavala, 11.

"At the crime scene, detectives found a blue bag with a second firearm, extra ammunition, duct tape, cutting shears and a note addressed to Zavala's oldest son, who was not at the residence during the killings, police said.

"Isidro Zavala carried out his plan, but with an exception: He spared his wife, Victoria Flores Zavala, 36, so that she could suffer, police said.

"`What Mrs. Zavala had to go through—watch her children killed before her—is probably the most horrific thing you could ever imagine, at least for me,` said Boynton Beach Police Chief G. Matthew Immler, saying that he himself is a parent.

"The motive for the killing `is just speculation at this point,` Immler said.

"Victoria Flores Zavala contacted police, who arrived at her house in the 400 block of Southwest Eighth Avenue about 1:50 a.m. Saturday.

"Officers found one child dead in a back screened patio area. A second child was found dead in the kitchen dining room area. Officers found Isidro Zavala’s body in the kitchen, police said.

"Victoria Zavala said that her husband killed their children, police said. She said her husband had been separated from her for some time and no longer lived in the house."

From NBC Miami...