PROVIDENCE VILLAGE — Monday’s murder-suicide in the 10200 block of Lakeview Drive in a planned community off U.S. Highway 380, left a neighborhood saddened but not fearful.
Tarrant County Chief Death Investigator Troy Taylor identified the couple Tuesday as 29-year-old Nelson Rafael Rodriguez-Doran and 27-year-old Cristina Maria Allen.
Denton County sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies Monday afternoon when they were responding to a welfare concern at the house. They found the couple inside, both having died from apparent gunshot wounds.
Investigators believe Rodriguez-Doran shot Allen multiple times in the body and once in the head with a semi-automatic pistol before shooting himself in the head.
The bodies were found by sheriff’s deputies in the master bedroom, she on the bed and he on the floor, Taylor said.
Allen was the mother of a 10-year-old boy, who was not in the house at the time of the shootings, said McMahon, who added that Rodriguez-Doran and Allen were not engaged or married.
Authorities said family members are caring for the boy.
“He [Rodriguez-Doran] told me during a conversation this weekend that he was suffering from PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] and he wasn’t right in the head,” McMahon said.
Neighbors describe Rodriguez-Doran as “very military,” having recently come back from his second tour of Afghanistan.
Valentine Cardenas, a resident of the community for eight years, said the family had just moved in across the street three weeks ago. He met Rodriguez-Doran this past weekend, and said he seemed to be “very nice.”
Several “very heated” arguments took place over the weekend, resulting in the mom and her son to move out Saturday, said McMahon.
To help see the town through the tragedy, a communitywide forum is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Providence Elementary School, 1000 FM2931. Experts on grief, domestic violence and family health will be on hand to answer any questions.