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Man found with firearm is suspect in Roanoke homicide-suicide, police say
Police say a firearm was found next to the body of Jon Peter McIlroy, 58, in the home on Brandon Avenue.
JOEL HAWKSLEY | The Roanoke Times
Roanoke police officers discuss the situation at a home in the 1100 block of Brandon Avenue Southwest, where they found a man and a woman dead Monday morning.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Police ruled the deaths of two people found in a Brandon Avenue home Monday morning a homicide-suicide.
Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson identified the dead Tuesday afternoon as Erin Elizabeth Thomas, 31, and Jon Peter McIlroy, 58, both of Roanoke.
After autopsies were performed Tuesday, the medical examiner deemed the deaths a homicide-suicide. Johnson said McIlroy, who was found with a firearm near his body, is the suspect.
Thomas owned the house in the 1100 block of Brandon Avenue where police found the victims Monday morning. McIlroy also lived at the house, Johnson said, but they were not a married couple.
Police found Thomas and McIlroy in the residence after responding to a call at 9:55 a.m. Monday.
Johnson said police had to delay releasing the names of the dead because McIlroy did not have family in the area. Police reached his next-of-kin Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors said Thomas has a daughter in middle school.
Britton Mauck, a neighbor, said another man also lived in the house.
Thomas bought the brick house near Wasena Elementary School in 2006, according to records.
Two Boston terriers were retrieved from the home Monday morning after police responded.
The incident is the city’s second homicide of 2013.
Over the past five years, Roanoke has averaged eight homicides a year.
McArthur David Jones, a 33-year-old, was the year’s first victim. He was found shot in the 1000 block of Rugby Boulevard in the early morning hours of March 8.
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