Police in Coppell, Texas, say the town’s mayor, Jayne Peters, shot and killed her 19-year-old daughter Tuesday evening, July 13, and then committed suicide, shooting herself as well.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Wednesday that Mayor Jayne Peters killed herself after killing her teen daughter Corinne Peters.
Officers found the two bodies Tuesday night when they had been sent to check on the family’s welfare. The officers had gone to the home at the request of the city manager’s office after Jayne Peters did not show up for a scheduled council meeting. Officers found Corinne Peters on the first floor of the house and the mayor upstairs, KTXA reported.
An envelope taped to the front door of Mayor Jayne Peters’ home contained a key to the house and a typed note warning police they would find something unpleasant inside, Coppell Deputy Police Chief Steve Thomas said.
Three other notes contained instructions for managing family affairs, such as taking care of the dogs, but did not provide explanations for the deaths of Peters and her 19-year-old daughter, Corinne.
“It appeared to me that there had been some thought,” Thomas said.
Jayne Peters was elected mayor in May 2009 and had been a member of the city council since 1998. Her husband, Don Peters, died of cancer in January 2008.
After the death of Don Peters, Jayne Peters and her daughter Corinne lived alone in the 3,850 square-foot brick home in Coppell, TX.
Corinne Peters had just graduated from Coppell High School and was to begin her freshman year at the University of Texas in Austin this fall.
The town of Coppell, TX is stunned and saddened by the events.
Bob Mahalik, mayor pro tem who is now acting mayor of the city, said he had a gut feeling something wasn’t right when the mayor didn’t turn up for the meeting.
“But nowhere in your wildest dreams did you think it would be that far not right,” he said.
“She enjoyed what she was doing as mayor and she was good at what she did,” said Mahalik. “She attended almost everything, every ribbon-cutting, speaking at the schools, the chamber, regional meetings.”