Man fatally shoots wife, kills self in front of 9-year-old daughter on Christmas


A 39-year-old man fatally shot his wife before killing himself on Christmas morning in front of their nine-year-old daughter, police said.

Tyrone Vanhorn, of Moundville, Alabama, shot his wife Tamiesure Minter Vanhorn inside their home at 1.30am on Sunday before walking outside, telling a family member and shooting himself, police said.

The couple’s nine-year-old daughter witnessed the murder suicide and is now in the care of her extended family.

Minter Vanhorn’s cousin Deondra Epps struggled to make sense of what happened, telling ‘I didn’t see any signs. She loved him and he loved her. ‘

Tyrone Vanhorn shot his wife Tamiesure Minter Vanhorn (pictured)   He then shot himself in murder-suicide in front of their daughter, nine (pictured, right)

Vanhorn shot his wife inside their home at the Cedar Bend Mobile Home Park, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Vanhorn walked out of the house immediately after and confessed to a family member just 75 yards away before shooting himself, police said.

Minter Vanhorn was airlifted to the DCH Regional Medical Center in critical condition before she died, police said in a statement released on Sunday afternoon.

The couple’s nine-year-old daughter is now staying with her grandmother, according to Epps.

The 23-year-old considered Minter Vanhorn her ‘big sister’ and lived just 25 miles away from the couple.

Epps was reeling from the loss, saying the couple had been happily married for 10 or 11 years.

She told ‘We don’t understand what happened.

‘I didn’t see any signs. She loved him and he loved her. If [Minter Vanhorn] did have something going on, she would tell you.

‘The main concern now is her daughter. I’m going to make sure from now on that she’s taken care of and loved,’ she added.

Epps said her cousin always had a smile on her face and remembered the 34-year-old as a loving and hardworking person who made sure to provide for her family.

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