DELTONA, Fla. — A man upset he was going to be evicted shot and killed his live-in girlfriend and her adult daughter, then turned the gun on himself, Volusia County Sheriff's investigators say.
- Nancy Russo Eads, Lisa Ferraro found dead in home
- Deputies say Eads' boyfriend shot them, then killed himself
- Investigators say boyfriend was upset he was being evicted
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During a news conference early Wednesday morning, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said that Nancy Russo Eads, 56, and Lisa Ferraro, 32, were killed Tuesday evening by the 58-year-old boyfriend before killing himself.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office released the identity of the boyfriend as Richard Murray.
Just after 9:30 p.m., deputies responded to a home on the 600 block of Nardello Drive after getting a call from Ferraro's husband, who said he hadn't heard from his wife for several hours.
When deputies got there, they found two women and a man with gunshot wounds.
A note left behind by Murray said the women were discussing how to legally evict him, Chitwood said. In the note, Murray also allegedly apologized to his adult sons about what he did.
Both Murray and Eads had lived in Deltona for 12 years, and the Sheriff's Office had not previously responded to the home over a domestic violence call, Chitwood said.
Murray did have a criminal record in three states — New York, New Jersey and Virginia — in the early 1980s and 1990s. He may have had a gun charge that was pleaded down to a misdemeanor, said Chitwood, but he said Murray otherwise didn't have an extensive criminal history.
Chitwood called the shooting "senseless."
"I can't imagine how your family will feel. Again, senseless, senseless violence that makes no rhyme or reason. Relationships end all the time, (but) do they have to end with bullets in somebody's head?" he asked.
"Domestic abuse is an extremely unreported crime," Chitwood said, saying most people do not want to admit to it and call law enforcement. "People don't want to tell people outside of the family, 'Hey, I'm scared to death for my life in this relationship.'"
Chitwood said there have been six suicides for far this month in Volusia County, four of them by gunshots.