A detective has been killed by his wife in what appears to be a murder-suicide. Just hours before committing the horrific act, she had shared footage of their wedding day.
A Maryland woman has killed her police officer husband and then herself, authorities claim.
Christina Lynn Francis had shared photos of her wedding day to Det. Timothy Eugene Francis just hours before.
In the post, she wrote about the couple “getting lost in petty s***” and the “marriage wasn’t put together for a great [reason]”.
She continued: “We had 6 years of experience and [memories] that should have taken [precedence] over everything in everything we did.”
On Friday, authorities were dispatched to the couple’s property at 6 pm, after it had been reported there were two dead people inside.
In a preliminary investigation, it was revealed that a family member had been trying to get in contact with Christina throughout the day but hadn’t heard back from either her or her husband.
According to police, there is evidence that Christina, 41, had shot Timothy, 50, and then herself.
So far, it’s unclear whether or not there were any motives for the alleged murder-suicide.
A spokesperson told the Daily Mail that the department is not releasing further information about the incident at this moment in time. However, the medical examiner’s office will confirm the official cause of deaths.
Yet authorities have confirmed that the weapon was a handgun and that there had been multiple firearms in the property at the time.
In the Facebook post shared by Christina, she recollected on her marriage to Timothy and their wedding as a special couple.
In reference to their wedding day three years ago, she said: “This day meant everything to me.”
She added: “I love you and what we had together…YOU AND I BELONGED TOGETHER AND ALWAYS…Tim and Christina Francis together.”
On Friday, she also shared a photo of her two children. She called them her “pride and joy” before saying “love you both with my heart.”
Since then, tributes and condolences have been flooding in for their families.
Local law enforcement agencies have shared their condolences too and have praised Timothy for being a terrific officer.
“Detective Francis spent two decades protecting the community from violence, and to learn that he was the victim of a homicide is heartbreaking.”
A photo of Timothy has been shared to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia’s social media pages. It described him as a veteran detective who served 20 years on the force.
Recently, he had been working as a detective on the Homicide Unit’s Natural Squad.
The department wrote: “MPD Det. Timothy Francis was tragically shot and killed in a domestic-related homicide yesterday. The suspect was also found deceased & Charles County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this case.
“Det. Francis had 20 years of service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family & loved ones.”
Meanwhile, the Washington D.C. Police Union added that Timothy’s career in law enforcement said that he had followed in his father’s footsteps, who was also a detective.
“Tim was one of the best detectives in CID. His father was also a detective that worked nearly 45 years for MPD.
“Tim was a stand-up guy that always held his ground. We are all still reeling from this news. The MPD has lost a true detective today and he will not soon be replaced.”