An Imperial Beach woman killed in a murder-suicide had ended her engagement just days before the wedding, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s report.
Suzanne Kirkwood King, 64, was shot and killed on September 11 inside an apartment on Imperial Beach Boulevard, according to homicide investigators.
Her fiancé, Ren J. Verasco, 69, also died from wounds he received in the shooting.The medical examiner's report ruled his death a suicide.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the apartment at 5:13 p.m. by a roommate who reported hearing gunshots in an upstairs bedroom.
When deputies arrived, King was pronounced dead from a single gunshot to the head. Verasco was still breathing and was rushed to a hospital. He later died from a single gunshot wound to the head, deputies said.
The couple was about to be married on September 21 when King began having some doubts, according to the medical examiner's report.
"Following an argument about their status on the evening of September 11, 2016, the decedent informed Mr. Verasco that the relationship was over and she was going to move back to Arizona," the report reads.
King had left the apartment and went to a friend's home but Verasco convinced her to return.
A roommate told investigators the couple went upstairs and he heard two popping sounds.
When he could not enter the bedroom, the roommate left the apartment and called 911.