Holly Springs man fatally shot wife in head, then himself, says medical examiner

Medical examiner says Robert Seymore shot wife, self in the head

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comDecember 4, 2012 

Site of apparent Holly Springs murder-suicide

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— Robert Seymore fatally shot his wife Amber Seymore in the head Monday morning and then turned the weapon on himself, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Robert Seymore did not leave behind a suicide note, said Holly Springs town spokesman Mark Andrews. Amber and Robert Seymore were both 38 and had three young children.

The medical examiner’s report confirms what Amber Seymore’s mother told a 911 dispatcher just after 9 a.m. Monday when she found the couple’s bodies in an upstairs room in their home at 233 Hidden Stream Drive, in a subdivision of new houses off Sunset Lake Road.

Amber Seymore’s mother had gone upstairs to tell her daughter that she was taking her grandchild to day care. But when she opened the door, she found her daughter and son-in-law dead on the floor, according to a recording of the 911 call she made a few minutes later.

Amber Seymore’s mother told the dispatcher that her son-in-law was responsible for the shootings.

“My son-in-law killed her,” said the woman, whose name has not been released. “He killed her. She’s dead.”

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting, but Amber Seymore’s mother told the dispatcher that her son-in-law had “just got caught in two affairs.”

Her claims corroborate a 911 call Amber Seymore made the day after Thanksgiving, when she called police to file a domestic violence complaint, said Andrews. Amber Seymore told a dispatcher that she had learned that her husband, an “ex-cop,” was cheating on her and said 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.

Andrews said Tuesday that police had found no indications that Amber Seymore was seeking help for a marriage that was becoming increasingly violent.

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

Soon after finding the bodies of her daughter and son-in-law, Amber Seymore’s mother grabbed the couple’s youngest child and ran to a neighbor’s home to call 911.

Amber Seymore’s mother was hysterical as she told the dispatcher that her son-in-law had a gun and was a retired police officer.

“He’s laying on the floor,” she told the dispatcher. “They’re not moving, neither one of them. I got the baby. I think they’re both dead.”

Two older children, ages 6 and 8, were in elementary school at the time, police reported.

Andrews said the children are now with relatives.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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