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Apparent Murder-Suicide in Morning View

MORNING VIEW, Ky. (Larry Davis) - Kenton County Police say a man shot his estranged girlfriend to death, then turned the gun on himself in Morning View.

Officers were called to a home on Cruise Creek Road in Morning View about 6 p.m. Tuesday after someone made a request to check on the couple.

When officers arrived, they found 26 year-old Erin Nicole Cully and 28 year-old Jason Stephens, both dead from apparent gunshot wounds.  Police say the Cully and Stephens have two young children together but they weren't at the home at the time of the shooting.

A close friend of Cully's, Jaclyn Shields, said, "I talk to her every day, so when you go from talking to her every day and seeing her all the time..."

Shields says she met Erin Cully through her friend, Jason Stephens.  The two women became close and worked together at two local restaurants.  Shields was stunned when she heard the news that the former girlfriend and boyfriend and parents of two young children had been found shot-to-death in Cully's home.

Kenton County Police say a preliminary investigation shows Stephens shot Cully, then killed himself.

"But I never dreamed that he would do anything like this.  Never."

Police say there were no signs of trouble between the two.  They had no history with the Kenton County police department.

Detective Andrew Schierberg said, "There were no protective orders or anything like that through Kenton County, Kentucky on either of them."

Shields said Cully was a devoted mother who would do anything for her children.  She says her friend would also go out of her way to help anyone. 

"Erin was the type of person, you couldn't help but like her.  I mean, she walked in a room and you instantly liked her.  She just had that personality, she was so bubbly and outgoing and her smile just lit up a room."

Erin Cully graduated from Beechwood High School and was attending Brown Mackie College studying accounting.  Shields says that she and Cully told each other that they would look after each other and each others children.  Wednesday night, Shields says she will hold up her end of the bargain.

The investigation into the deaths of Cully and Stephens remains open.  Police ask that anyone with information regarding the shooting call them at 859-392-1953.

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