Authorities found two deceased bodies at a luxurious apartment in north Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, and after hours of investigation, determined that the incident was an apparent murder-suicide.
NBC4i reports that authorities identified the bodies found inside the apartment as Kyle Lafferty, 25, and Heather Campbell, 22. According to detectives, the tragedy happened inside an apartment home at the Taylor House Luxury Community in north Columbus. At around 2:30 a.m., a woman called police and told them she’d become concerned about her friend, Heather, and drove to the apartment complex to check on her.
“She’s the one who actually found them and then she notified us and patrol officers came out to the scene and we started our investigation from there. A murder suicide. It appears that the male murdered the female and then turned a firearm on himself,” Sgt. Sicilian told NBC4i.
Sergeant Sicilian also said that a neighbor told authorities that he heard a gunshot before hearing what sounded like “loud voices” arguing. Apparently, Lafferty shot Campbell before turning the gun on himself.
“A domestic related situation that resulted in these deaths,” Sergeant Sicilian added.
Campbell worked as a Nuclear Engineer Mate in the U.S. Navy since August 2016, while Lafferty graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in June 2015. Campbell was also a student at Ohio State University, where she was majoring in psychology. The school released a statement upon learning about her death.
“We are heartbroken to learn about this tragedy. Heather Campbell was a psychology major from Strongsville. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. Counseling is available for those students in our community who need support by calling (614) 292-5766.”
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