Former LSU instructor murdered, killer commits suicide in Connecticut home _lowres

Facebook photo -- Lauren Beebe

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Update, 2:15 p.m. Friday

Police ruled Friday the deaths of a Killingworth couple found dead Wednesday morning in their Connecticut home a murder-suicide.

The death of Lauren Beebe, 48, who had ties to Baton Rouge, was determined murder, and the death of Billy Newman, 57, was ruled a suicide. The couple both died of gunshot wounds, a Connecticut State Police news release says.

The couple was married, but Beebe had filed for divorce earlier this month, the New Haven Register reported.

Beebe was an artist who also graduated from and taught at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Troopers responded to a disturbance at the Route 48 home at 8:25 a.m. and found the couple dead, the newspaper reported. Emergency Medical Services pronounced Newman and Beebe dead at the scene.

Beebe was a veterinarian at the Killingworth Animal Hospital. biography on the hospital website indicates she received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from LSU in 2003.

After an internship in Connecticut, Beebe returned to LSU in 2005 to join the veterinary faculty as a clinical instructor in companion animal anesthesia and pain management, the website says. In 2013, Beebe and her family moved back to Connecticut, where she had family ties.

Martha Littlefield, a clinical assistant professor at the LSU Vet School, said Wednesday it’s hard to lose someone like Beebe who was so talented in her field.

A report by the Hartford Courant says two children were in the same room as Beebe and Newman and now are in custody of other family members.