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Fayetteville couple found dead in Kansas hotel room

Posted July 11, 2013
Updated July 18, 2013

— A Fayetteville couple was found dead Thursday in a Kansas hotel room in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide, according to KCTV News in Kansas City.

The housekeeping staff at a Holiday Inn Express in Bonner Springs, Kan., found Lacie Martinez and Michael James Jr., both in their early 20s, surrounded by blood around noon Thursday, the station reported.

Authorities are calling it a murder-suicide, but they didn't say who killed whom. 

Martinez's father, Richard Martinez, said detectives told him that James shot Martinez before turning the gun on himself.

The couple was passing through the Bonner Springs area on their way to Seattle to visit James' mother, Richard Martinez said. 

Authorities are waiting on autopsy results and have not commented on a cause of death or a possible motive.

Richard Martinez said his daughter and James were "good kids" who had been together for about a year. He said both families are heartbroken and have no idea what could have happened.


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  • imanpayne09 Jul 12, 2013

    Mike James has been a very good friend of mine for a long time. He was not violent or an evil person. I refuse to believe he is capable of such a terrible act and I pray that it isn't true. My thoughts and prayers are with both families. It broke my heart to read this story and it hurts me more that people that don't even know him are saying mean and terrible things about him. RIP Mike and Lacie

  • williams4 Jul 12, 2013

    Thoughts and prayers are with this family. No one knows the circumstances but no matter what this is a loss of a child to both sets of parents.

  • Ozzie Jul 12, 2013

    very sad for all involved. thoughts and prayers for all.

  • 1nclady Jul 12, 2013

    @ Obamacare rules, why don't you wait till you get ALL the facts before you make decide what happened?

  • heard-it-all-before Jul 12, 2013

    oh peanut gallery... for once, why don't you go find something productive to do today?

  • Gunny the Racist Jul 12, 2013

    I'm with you halfpint....I'm with you.

  • malonem1 Jul 12, 2013

    very sad - terrible - my thoughts and prayers are with both families

  • ziva Jul 12, 2013

    LL4U - agreed, well said...

    I agree as well.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 12, 2013

    He wasn't a good kid if he was that controlling and killed her because of it.

    Would you all still think he was a good person if they got married and he controlled her by beating her?

  • tewc Jul 12, 2013

    I agree also with ll4u - but my original comment blocked.