triple murder suicide

“I wouldn’t think he would do anything like this”: Man Kills Girlfriend, Her Brother and Mother, Then Himself

Police said the 28-year-old man grabbed a handgun after getting into a dispute with his girlfriend.

“Basically, he went from room to room and killed everyone,” said Pomona police Lt. Mike Keltner.

Police received a call at 10:52 p.m. Thursday from a relative of the alleged shooter.

“The suspect told a family member that he was going to hurt himself and everyone else in the house,” said Pomona police Lt. Ronald McDonald.

When police arrived at the home in the 2100 block of Ramsey Way, they found the bodies of the 28-year-old alleged shooter, his 25-year-old girlfriend, as well as his girlfriend’s 52-year-old mother and 17-year-old brother.

They have not been officially identified, but friends and relatives identified the 52-year-old woman as Manuela “Nelli” Padilla and her 17-year-old son as Juan “Johnny” Padilla. The shooter’s girlfriend was Mariana Padilla, her sister April Mejia said. Mejia said the shooter’s name was Raul, but she was unsure of his last name.

…Mejia also said she didn’t know much about her sister’s boyfriend, but said he was in love with her sister. Her sister did mention once that she wanted to leave him.

“I wouldn’t think he would do anything like this,” she said.

Four dead in alleged murder-suicide in Pomona. The [San Bernardino County] Sun, 5/9/2014.



“[R]eligious man” Suspected in Triple Murder-Suicide

On Wednesday, the family of four was found dead in their South Carolina home in an apparent murder-suicide at the suspected hands of the devout Jehovah Witness husband and father.

The bodies of Sheddrick Byron Miller, 38, and his wife Kia Von Miller, 28, were discovered with their two young children, age 3 and 1, in the family’s Riverwalk home after Sheddrick Miller’s mother hadn’t heard from them for a few days, the Charlotte Observer reported.

…The Richland County Coroner confirmed their identities Thursday and described them as each suffering a gunshot wound to the head.

The weapon believed to have been used was found closest to Sheddrick Miller, indicating that he was the last to fire it.

On Miller’s Facebook page, he depicts what would be seen to be a happy life full of love for his family, which he commonly refers to as royalty.

…[Tammy] Doctor called him “a religious man” who loved his kids. She said his wife was a stay-at-home mom.

…South Carolina ranks first in the nation in number of women murdered by men, according to a study released by the Violence Policy Center in October — correlating to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Nationwide “nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said in their report.

“That’s nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year — more than twice the number of servicewomen killed in military conflicts since the Korean War. We urgently need better policies that protect women and their families from this senseless violence. No American, adult or child, should live in a perpetual state of fear. It’s inhumane.”

Devout South Carolina family of four found dead in apparent murder-suicide. NY Daily News, 1/16/2014.

Triple Murder-Suicide with Wife’s Body Burned in Back Yard

Police found the woman’s body burned in the home’s backyard. The daughter’s body was found inside the home, and the male victim was found shot in the front yard, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Police eventually found the suspect’s body in a nearby alley and believe he shot himself.

…Police said the couple was going through a divorce and the woman went to the house to get some of her belongings with her daughter and the male friend.

The couple who lived at the home was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday regarding a protective order the wife had sought against her husband, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the hearing took place.

Crump said police were last called to the house about a month ago, when someone at the home was threatening suicide.

Phoenix Shooting: Man Kills 3, Burns One Victim’s Body Then Shoots Himself, Police Say. HuffPo Crime, 11/13/2013.

Triple Murder-Attempted Murder-Suicide by Former Band Member

Police say it’s not clear why the man opened fire early Monday at the three-story building in Williamsburg.

Police say the shooter had been kicked out of the band, but they aren’t sure if that motivated the shooting.

The victims were found on the second and third floors. The shooter was discovered on the roof.

Police say the dead men are believed to be Iranian nationals living in the U.S.

Another bandmate was wounded on the arm and has been hospitalized in stable condition.

Williamsburg Shooting Leaves 4 Dead; NYPD Says Man Killed 3 Bandmates, Himself. HuffPo Crime, 11/11/2013.

Triple Murder-Suicide 1-1/2 Blocks from Family Murdered in 2010

The bodies of David Andrus, 50; his wife, Jeana, 48; and two daughters, Jessica, 22, and Jennifer, 16, were found shot to death in a home in the 500 block of Oldfield.

DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen said it appeared to be a triple-murder suicide, and law enforcement sources said David Andrus appeared to be the shooter.

…[Neighbor Rachel] Steinhaus [18] heard arguing coming from the home as she got her mail Monday, but she didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.

“It was basically two family members yelling at each other. They always fight with each other,” she said.

Steinhaus said she heard some popping noises afterward but thought they were from car doors closing.

…Another neighbor, Carrie Speakman, was taking her morning run on Tuesday when she ran past the house and saw two men arguing loudly outside on the front porch, her husband, Grant Speakman, said.

“It was definitely obvious they were arguing,” Grant Speakman said. “They were going back and forth.”

Shortly after his wife saw the men arguing, Grant Speakman saw a stream of police cars speeding to the house.

Stephen Turner, who co-owns the USA Skate Center in Romeoville with his wife, said Jeana Andrus worked there for four or five years performing various tasks at the rink.

“She’d give you the shirt off her back,” Turner said. “And she didn’t have a shirt to give.”

He said the family struggled financially, and he said Jeana Andrus left the rink where her younger daughter “basically grew up” to sell Christmas ornaments at a nearby mall last fall. The family lost their home in Bolingbrook “a couple of years ago,” he said.

…The home is about a block-and-a-half from where three members of the Kramer family were murder in March 2010.

Police investigating triple murder-suicide in Darien. Chicago Sun-Times, 6/12/2013.

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