Thursday, March 22, 2012

Leesville, LA: VPSO investigating deaths of Leesville couple

Leesville, La. —
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is currently investigating an incident where a Leesville resident was killed and her husband allegedly hanged himself.
Christopher E. Gavin, 52, and his wife, Tamara R. Gavin, 33, were found dead in their residence on Stanley Road Wednesday evening.
According to the VPSO, deputies responded to a call at the residence at approximately 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, deputies were advised by a family member that he had stopped by to visit with Christopher Gavin and had been unable to get anyone to respond when he knocked on the door. The family member told deputies that he knew Christopher Gavin was supposed to be home.
Upon looking through a window, the family member observed the Gavin's young child in the living room of the residence unattended. Upon seeing this, the family member went back to the front door, discovered it unlocked, entered the residence and discovered that Christopher Gavin had allegedly hanged himself.
At this point, the family member removed the child from the residence and waited for the VPSO.
Upon receiving this information, deputies entered the residence and confirmed the discovery. VPSO detectives also responded to the scene and, during the processing of the house, discovered a second body, Tamara Gavin, in the garage.
Evidence at the scene indicates that Chrstopher and Tamara Gavin were involved in a domestic dispute, at which time Tamara Gavin was killed. Some time later, Christopher Gavin took his own life.
Both bodies have been sent to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport for autopsies. The VPSO is continuing to investigate this incident.
The families of Christopher Gavin and Tamara Gavin have asked that their privacy be respected in this tragedy.

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