A jealous ex-boyfriend crept into a Florida house on Thursday and shot his former girlfriend and her new lover to death while they slept before turning the gun on himself, WESH reports.
Police were already looking for Joseph McGuirl, 47, because someone reported that he’d sent suicidal texts early that morning, and they’d gotten close, using GPS data to locate his care just a block away from the home of James Delgiorno, according to WFTV.
But, police said, Delgiorno, 42, and Wendy Higgins, 39, likely had no idea of the danger. In fact, police didn’t check on Delgiorno’s Tavares home until about 9:30 a.m., when all three — who worked together at an assisted living facility in Leesburg — didn’t show up for work.
“They were all three no call, no show which is what expedited the urgency of the call,” Travares Police Lt. Sarah Coursey told WESH.
When police arrived, a neighbor told them about hearing gunfire at about 3 a.m., and officers found a sliding glass door leading to the master bedroom shattered, WFTV reported. Inside, Delgiorno and Higgins were dead in bed, and McGuirl’s body was found on the floor near Higgins.
Investigators said that Higgins and McGuirl had been in a romantic relationship, but she ended it. The two agreed to remain friends.
“I don’t think from how things played out that he could accept that,” Coursey said.
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