By Jon Paepcke
(AL) New details have emerged about the murder-suicide that shocked a Hoover neighborhood over the weekend.
Hoover police found a 63-year-old man and 35-year-old woman shot to death in the front yard of a house on Alford Avenue early Sunday morning. Investigators said the man shot the woman, then killed himself. Now one of the victim's friends said the couple's relationship started out on an internet dating service called Sugardaddie.com.
The friend asked for her identity to be concealed, but recalled how excited her friend was about her new online acquaintance.
“He seemed like a nice person and she thought they could along well,” the victim’s friend said.
According to the victim’s friend, however, all that changed when the man moved to Alabama. He moved all the way from Florida to live with the woman at the Alford Avenue house.
The victim's friend claimed the couple's relationship quickly worsened. She said the man was always driving by where the victim worked and called her constantly, sometimes making threats.
“I could hear him screaming at her through the telephone,” she said.
Hoover police were even called out to the Alford Avenue house to stand by while the victim moved out, but her friend said she couldn't stay away.
“Everyone advised her to leave him, because they were scared for her and her safety, and she just didn't do it,” she said.Sugardaddie.com offers online dating tips on its website, at one point saying “never be forced, tempted, or controlled into any situation where you're not comfortable. Life is for living. Enjoy it to its fullest, but be safe and smart while doing this.”
The victim’s friend hopes the murder will warn other internet mate seekers to be more careful.
“Just make sure you do research before you go and meet someone that you don't know,” she said. (or get married no matter how well you 'think' you know this person!!)
The names of the man and woman are still not being made public. Assistant Police Chief A.C. Roper said they've been unable to find the man's next of kin in Florida and until they do, they're withholding the identify of both.
Sunday's incident was Hoover’s second murder suicide in two weeks. Police found another couple shot to death on Colesbury Circle on July 8.