Three dead, toddler unhurt in 'murder suicide'
28 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — Two men and a woman were found dead after an early morning shooting on Thursday in a house in the southern Limburg town of Landgraaf. A toddler was found unhurt in one of the bedrooms.
28 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — Two men and a woman were found dead after an early morning shooting on Thursday in a house in the southern Limburg town of Landgraaf. A toddler was found unhurt in one of the bedrooms.
Neighbours called police at about 1.15am after hearing gun shots. Forensic experts are now examining the scene.
The police said the shooting was a domestic dispute. The victims were a woman, 34, her boyfriend, 33, and her estranged husband, 47, who was also the baby's father.
The 20-month-old girl was put in the care of other family members shortly after she was found safe.
Locals speculate the child's mother and her new boyfriend were shot by her ex-husband who then turned the gun on himself, local news service L1 reported.
Neighbours said the woman was going through a divorce from her estranged husband and had moved back in with her parents in the Abdijhof area of the town.
Her mother was reportedly in the house at the time of the shooting, but was not injured. The dead woman's father was not at home at the time.
Landgraaf, a town of 40,000 people, is located near the southern Dutch city Kerkrade where former marine Paul S. shot and killed his estranged girlfriend and three members of her family on 24 October last year.
The murders took place almost exactly a year before Thursday's tragedy in Landgraaf. S. was jailed for 20 years last July for the quadruple homicide.
So far this year 18 people have been murdered in the province of Limburg, just four short of the record 22 killings last year, news agency ANP reported.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news