Texas Mayor Kills Daughter, Self

Pathologist rules Jayne Peters responsible for murder-suicide
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by nessiecakes
Posted Jul 15, 2010 5:47 AM CDT
Updated Jul 15, 2010 7:00 AM CDT
Letters and flowers lay on the front steps of Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters' home in Coppell, Texas.    (AP Photo/Cody Duty)
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(Newser) – The mayor of a Dallas suburb killed her teen daughter before turning the gun on herself, according to the county medical examiner. Police found the bodies of Jayne Peters, 55, and her 19-year-old daughter Corrine at their home after being sent to investigate the Coppell mayor's absence from a council meeting, CNN reports. Officers found a letter and a key to the house on the front door and more notes inside.

The notes gave no explanation for the apparent murder-suicide but instead gave instructions on caring for the family pets, police tell the Dallas Morning News. People close to the family say the relationship between mother and daughter had deteriorated since Peters' husband died of cancer two years ago. Corinne had planned to leave home to attend the University of Texas in Austin this fall, friends and relatives say.
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