A compilation of daily news articles from around the United States about deaths (including both people and animals) that appear to occur in the context of a past or present intimate relationship, focusing on 2009-present. (NOTE: this blog is limited to incidents that appear in the media and are captured by our search terms. We recognize this is not an exhaustive portrayal of all deaths resulting from intimate violence.)
When is society going to realize intimate violence makes victims of us all?
A couple argued bitterly over the wife's weight loss and socializing in the months before police say he shot her to death at their Elmont home, then turned the gun on himself, neighbors and family said Tuesday.
The couple, identified as attorney Karen Rodgers-Dennis, 46, and Audley Dennis, 58, were found dead early Monday evening in the home on Sussex Road, Nassau police said.
"She was basically really enjoying her life at the time and it didn't sit too pretty with him," said Audley's brother Ken Dennis. "I know she was just a lot more active after she lost the weight. . . . She was going out with the girls." He said it was "mostly 'girls night out.' "
Neighbor Simone Dolabaille, 35, a stay-at-home mom, said, "She was very heavy before. And in the past two years, lost a lot. It changed her life. She looked great." She said the effect of the weight loss on Rodgers-Dennis' social life appeared to be a point of contention.
On Monday afternoon, the youngest of their three children tried to get into the home, but he couldn't and went to a neighbor's house. Later, authorities responding to a report of a possible gas leak went inside and found the bodies with gunshot wounds. Rodgers-Dennis was shot in the upper torso and found in a bedroom; her husband was also found in a bedroom, shot in the chest, said Nassau Homicide Squad Det. Sgt. James Skopek. The case is being classified as a murder-suicide, said police spokesman Det. Vincent Garcia.