Neighborhood in shock after possible murder suicide in south FargoFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After a preliminary investigation, Fargo police are calling the deaths of Daniel and Linda Williams, a murder-suicide. Police say the couple had not shown up to work for the past two days.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After a preliminary investigation, Fargo police are calling the deaths of Daniel and Linda Williams, a murder-suicide. Police say the couple had not shown up to work for the past two days.
One of Linda's co-workers called family to check on the couple. That family member found a body inside this south Fargo home Tuesday morning.
Officers found the other body and recovered firearms. They believe Daniel shot and killed his wife before taking his own life.
Lt. Pat Claus – Deputy Chief of Police: “This is still an active criminal investigation. In case during the course of this investigation the facts lead us to believe a criminal act occurred, that type of information could be crucial in future interviews or interrogations.”
The tragedy has left a neighborhood in shock.
It's really a bizarre incident that has left everyone in this quiet, quaint neighborhood stunned. Not one person I spoke with today had a bad thing to say about the Williams couple. Most people said they kept to themselves, but were never anything but friendly.
Ashley Olson - Lives across the street: "They were very quiet, private people, we saw them out and about every know and again doing yard work, they'd wave."
Ashley Olson and her family have lived on 16 1/2 Street, directly behind Lewis and Clark Middle School for 3-years now. She describes the neighborhood as very family-oriented.
Ashley Olson: "Tight-knit, we all sit out on each other's driveway on Saturday night and chat. Lots of families, our kids all play together."
The Olson's live just across the street from Daniel and Linda Williams, only feet from where this tragedy occurred. Now with two kids, a 5-year-old and a 15-month old, Ashley Olson says she'll keep her eyes peeled more than ever before.
Ashley Olson: "We expected this to be a safe, nice neighborhood. We're close to the schools, good part of town. This isn't something you'd expect to happen here."
We talked with the Williams next-door neighbor who said the couple has a son and a daughter, both grown. The woman declined to go on camera but said in the 20 years the two families have lived next to each other, she couldn't have asked for friendlier neighbors.
One man told us he couldn't even remember the last time he'd seen a police car on this peaceful street.
A stark contrast to the gruesome scene left inside this South Fargo home.
Ashley Olson: "I guess it kind of brings us closer together, but at the same time it makes you stop and think, this can happen anywhere."
Some neighbors did say they possibly heard loud noises shortly after 4 this morning, but discarded it most likely as fireworks.
Police say there are still a lot of unanswered questions, and aren't releasing any possible motives behind the shooting.
But police did say, they do not believe the community is in any danger.