Parents of three young children killed in apparent murder-suicide in Holly Springs

3 young children lose parents in apparent murder-suicide

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comDecember 3, 2012 

Site of apparent Holly Springs murder-suicide

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HOLLY SPRINGS -- Police say the parents of three young children died in an apparent murder-suicide Monday morning.

Robert and Amber Seymore were found shot to death in their home at 233 Hidden Stream Drive, in a subdivision of new houses off Sunset Lake Road.

Police have not said who shot whom. But on the day after Thanksgiving, Amber Seymore called police to file a domestic violence complaint, said town spokesman Mark Andrews. Amber Seymore told a dispatcher that she had learned that her husband, an “ex-cop,” was cheating on her and that she planned to confront him about it, according to a recording of the call released Monday.

“He has a gun on him and a really bad temper,” she said.

Robert Seymore was a retired police officer with Bay Area Rapid Transit in California, according to his LinkedIn page.

A relative discovered the couple at about 9 a.m., took their 2-year-old child to a neighbor’s house and called 911, Andrews said.

Two older children were in elementary school at the time. Police delayed releasing the couple’s names until the children had been told, Andrews said.

The Seymores moved from California into a new house in the Woodcreek subdivision in April 2011. Many of the residents are newcomers who are just getting to know one another.

Nancy Bikowsky, 70, has lived on Hidden Stream Drive for three years. Bikowsky said she would say hello to the family when she saw them while walking her dog, but she didn’t know them well.

“What a terrible tragedy,” Bikowsky said, adding that she feels awful for the kids. “I think of them, how their lives are ruined now.”

She said the family seemed nice, then added: “On the surface, most people are.”

Family members and friends who arrived on Hidden Stream Drive late Monday morning met at a neighbor’s house across the street. The family members left around noon to pick up the Seymore children from school.

‘A lot of guns’

Amber Seymore called police on the day after Thanksgiving at the urging of her brother, who is also a former police officer, according to the recording. She said she had just learned her husband had been cheating on her and that he, her brother and two of her children were expected to return home in about 20 minutes.

The dispatcher asked Amber Seymore why she needed a police officer nearby when her husband arrived. She replied that Robert Seymore did not know that she had learned about the affair and that in addition to the gun her husband was carrying, “We have a lot of guns in the house.”

Amber Seymore also told the dispatcher that when she had “caught him in stuff a few months ago,” Robert Seymore started “yelling and shoving” her.

Amber Seymore asked the dispatcher whether an officer could park in the street to make sure nothing happened when she confronted Robert Seymore with what she considered evidence of his infidelity.

“My brother told me I should call the cops before he gets home,” she said. “I will be kicking him out of the house when he gets here.”

Holly Springs police sent an officer to the area, but did not hear from Amber Seymore again that day, Andrews said.

News researcher Peggy Neal and staff writers Sarah Nagem and Matthew Caulder contributed to this report.

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