URGENT: The mayor of an affluent Dallas suburb shot her 19-year-old daughter in the head then killed herself in a shocking murder-suicide that stunned friends and neighbors in quiet Coppell, Texas.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Wednesday that 55-year-old Jayne Peters shot herself in the head after killing her daughter Corinne, who had just graduated from Coppell High School and was bound for the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.
Police discovered the bodies of the mother and daughter Tuesday evening after the mayor failed to show up for a city meeting.
Police officers went to their home after the usually prompt mayor failed to arrive at a city council meeting and did not call to explain her absence, said city spokeswoman Sharon Logan.
By late Wednesday morning, a small collection of flowers, wreaths and cards decorated the front porch of the Peters’ home. A printed letter said: “Please know that you are loved no matter what happens. I know that God is with you and giving you comfort. You both are with Don, a wonderful husband and father. A family again.”
The mayor’s husband, Donald Peters, died in 2008 at the age of 58.Jayne Peters was a contract software developer who had served as mayor of Coppell, a city of about 40,000 located 15 miles northwest of Dallas, for the past year. Her term was to expire in 2012.more