A Lee County couple died Sunday in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide.
Anthony Eugene Hooker, 57, and Yvonne Elizabeth Christiansen, 54, were found dead about 4 p.m. inside the home Christiansen owned at 402 Poplar Springs Church Road, according to Capt. Jeff Johnson of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Each had one gunshot wound to the head and Hooker had a pistol in his hand, Johnson said.
Investigators believe the shooting happened as Christiansen was attempting to break off the relationship.
“Evidence from text messages indicate Christiansen was breaking up (with) Hooker just before this incident,” Johnson said in a news release Tuesday.
Christiansen’s Facebook page indicates the two were married in March 2019. On her Linkedin.com profile she lists her employment as a pre-K lead teacher at Childcare Network Inc.
Hooker apparently shot Christiansen, Johnson said, then contacted a friend who was keeping the woman’s children.
“He called a neighbor and said, ‘Don’t bring the kids back because you’ll find both of us dead,’ ” Johnson said.
The neighbor then called law enforcement who arrived on scene and found the bodies in the kitchen and dining room, he said.
Johnson said there did not appear to be any law enforcement calls to the property prior to the shooting.
The home, about a half-mile from the intersection of Avents Ferry and Broadway roads, sits back from the road at the end of a long gravel driveway, maps show.