Investigation into murder suicide continues

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies still believe it was a murder suicide that ended in the deaths of a local woman and her ex-husband. Deputies made the discovery of Melissa and David Hoffpauir's body Monday afternoon at a home on Glenlea Street in Lake Charles.

"They were both found in close proximity of each other in the living room area, she had multiple gun shot wounds, he had one gun shot wound. And the weapon we believed used again was found," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "After our preliminary investigation and the evidence we have collected we are still fairly certain this was a murder suicide and we believe David pulled the trigger."

David, 43, was an employee at CITGO petroleum and Melissa, 43, a nurse at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. According to Mancuso, the couple had just finalized their divorce. They leave behind three young daughters.

It comes as a shock to their church family. While married, David and Melissa attended St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church. Rev. Karl Klaus said it's hard to come to terms with.

"The reaction is gosh what happened? How can I understand this... A reaction of what's going to happen now," said Rev. Klaus.

With heavy hearts, those who knew them best gathered for a prayer vigil Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Luke Simpson.

"We can literally come together with Christ for comfort, for strength and to renew our faith and to hear that word of assurance so that our prayer can be one of hope, one of help, and one of comfort and strength," said Rev. Klaus.

Melissa Hoffpauir's funeral is Wednesday. Visitation is Wednesday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, at Johnson Funeral Home. The funeral is at 3:00pm at Johnson Funeral Home.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Mancuso said they are still waiting for official ballistic tests and the Calcasieu Coroner's report.

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