A family of four died this week in what authorities suspect was a murder-suicide, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Investigators believe Lauren Stuart, 45, shot to death her 24-year-old daughter Bethany, 27-year-old son Steven and 47-year-old husband Daniel before turning the gun on herself.
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All three victims had gunshot wounds to their heads, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office. Their deaths were classified as homicides, while the medical examiner ruled that Lauren Stuart’s death was a suicide.
A handgun was located inside the home, in the city of Keego Harbor, a suburb of Detroit.
“The investigation at the scene and subsequent autopsy . . . indicate that Lauren Stuart shot and killed her family members before turning the gun on herself,” police said in a press release on Saturday night.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims,” police added.
Police found the bodies Friday morning after a family member raised concerns about their safety.
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Daniel Stuart worked as a data solutions architect for the University of Michigan’s Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, which aims to develop “new technologies to improve outcomes in critical illness and injury ranging from neonatal critical care to combat casualty care,” according to a statement the center issued.
The center’s executive director, Dr. Kevin Ward, said Daniel Stuart was a key member of the organization’s team.
“Dan was an extraordinarily talented individual and highly valued team member who was making very important contributions,” said Dr. Kevin Ward, the center’s executive director. “Despite his immense talent, he was very humble and was always excited that his contributions may one day help save lives. He will be sorely missed.”
Neighbor Michael Dapoz told the newspaper he couldn’t believe what occurred inside the home.
“It’s sickening,” Dapoz said. “Stuff like this doesn’t happen around here.”
Another neighbor, Jacquelyn Tristani, said she believed that Lauren Stuart had worked for a gym. She would sometimes ask to borrow equipment and tools for remodeling projects and yard work.
Tristani described the family as quiet.
“I feel sorry that I couldn’t do more (for the family),” Tristani said. “You don’t know your neighbors like you maybe should.”
To report information about the case, call Keego Harbor Police at 248-682-3030 or email Detective R. Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.