Three killed in Tavares murder-suicide
Police in Tavares state all three people worked together,
In what police call a double murder and suicide, three people were found dead at a Tavares home on Thursday.
According to the police, all three persons identified at the home on Lake Crest Drive were related to each other.
Lt. Sarah Coursey of Tavares police said officers replied at 9:15 a.m. following a call from the Leesburg Police Department to find anyone after they neglected to turn up at work.
"Some of the neighbours asked when the first unit came on the scene why they were here in response to the gunshots they heard at 2:51 a.m., 2:57 a.m., around that time," Coursey said.
Neighbors told the police that five or six shots were fired in the morning, but nobody called 911. Coursey said that the neighborhood is generally excellent at calling quickly, but she suspects people may have believed it was fireworks.
A sleepy community is this neighborhood. Nothing like this ever happens here, because it will be the last thing in this neighborhood that they imagine will happen,' she added.
As officers went home, they found three people, two men and one woman, dead inside.
James Delgiorno, 41, and Wendy Higgins, 39, were later named as the victims. Officer Joseph Mcguirl, 47, claims they were targeted as they were unconscious.
Coursey said, "This is an isolated event, it's senseless, it's horrible, it's a shame, but there's no risk to the group."
Investigators said the three persons served together and Delgiorno owned the home where they were found.
"During this tough period, we urge you to give the families dignity and privacy," the Tavares police said in a statement. "We'll edit it when we do."