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Couple killed in Morrisville home in apparent domestic dispute

Posted May 5, 2014

— Police said a husband and wife were found shot to death Monday morning at a Morrisville home.

The bodies of Melissa and Johnathan Preston were found at 2016 Weaver Forest Way when officers responded to a call at 8:51 a.m. of shots fired in the home, police said.

No other details about the shootings were released, but police said they weren't looking for any suspects and that Morrisville residents didn't need to fear for their safety.

The couple's three children were at school at the time and were put in the care of family members, police said.

"It's beyond imagination that those poor kids will live without parents. I pray to God that no one would go through this process," neighbor Sunil Nigam said.

The Prestons moved to the Triangle from Seattle last year and were renting the home in the Providence Place neighborhood where the shooting occurred, according to neighbors. The couple had house guests, and one of the guests reported the shooting, police said.

Nigam said he spoke after the shooting with the couple visiting the Prestons, and they told him the Prestons had been arguing earlier in the morning.

Police said the guests only heard the gunshots and didn't witness the shootings.

Investigators removed several firearms from the home, and neighbors said Johnathan Preston liked to take his children out to shooting ranges.

Johnathan Preston was an executive with Microsoft, and his wife designed and sold jewelry. The family planned to return to the Pacific Northwest in June.

Neighbors said they were unaware of any problems in the family.

"The kids play outside – soccer and all that. No problems at all, no issues," neighbor Ashish Tayal said.


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  • Lightfoot3 May 7, 2014

    "Please just admit it, you hate guns and will use any/all excuses to impost your beliefs on everyone." - disgusted2010

    That's pretty much the gist of it. He'll even stoop to dishonesty.

  • TJ Wahoo May 6, 2014
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    Everyone assumes that it was a murder-suicide. There is the possibility of murder-murder with 10 shots fired from multiple weapons or suicide-suicide, although significantly less likely.

  • Lightfoot3 May 6, 2014

    "How do you know you won't become depressed or suffer from another mental illness?" - Grand Union

    Uh, statistics?

    "They heard 10 gun shots...would you go into the room if you didn't also have a gun?? " - Tray Cee

    Heck no! And I DO have a gun! I'd leave and call 911, just like they did.

  • disgusted2010 May 6, 2014

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    So to "fix" this isolated issue you would enact extreme, basically worthless, restrictions on ALL honest, responsible citizens. Please just admit it, you hate guns and will use any/all excuses to impost your beliefs on everyone.

  • Grand Union May 6, 2014

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    Do you seriously think this guy bought and kept the gun for this purpose? How do you know you won't become depressed or suffer from another mental illness? And wouldn't you want someone to come take your gun before you killed your wife and yourself?

  • Scott Mace May 6, 2014
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    "Bottom line", this is your opinion, and nothing more.

  • Karen Orndorff May 6, 2014
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    What a selfish act, poor children prayers going up for them.

  • Dave Audette May 6, 2014
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    It was his house, even if the gun was secure he could get to it. It has nothing to do with gun and gun ownership. I have guns and would never use them on my wife or any other friend. However you should try to come take mine!!!

  • iron fist May 6, 2014

    The children are the ones who will really suffer. I pray for them and their family. May God bless them.

  • winemaker81 May 6, 2014

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    Absolutely bogus statistic. Please stop posting misinformation.