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Murder-suicide suspected in Lilburn

LILBURN - A 38-year-old Lilburn woman chased down and shot her boyfriend and then turned a gun on herself Monday at her home, according to police investigators.

"It was (a) pretty unfortunate scene and scenario," said Sgt. Tyler Thomas, spokesman for the Lilburn Police Department.

Keith Newell Boyd, 43, was found dead in the driveway of his girlfriend's home at 563 Inland Way off Lawrenceville Highway at 5:43 p.m. Monday. He had been shot once in the body and once in the head.

Inside the home on the sofa, officers found Eunice Castillo unconscious but still breathing and bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the head. Castillo was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where she died Monday night, Thomas said.

Police believe Castillo gunned down Boyd just minutes before shooting herself. Three neighbors reportedly witnessed the shooting and called police.

"He was trying to flee the residence after being shot once already. He collapsed at the end of the driveway, at which point he was shot a second time," Thomas said.

A blood stain was still visible on the driveway Tuesday just steps away from a Christmas decoration of a smiling snowman propped against a lamp post in the front yard.

Castillo and Boyd were in a romantic relationship, but it had only been going on for a few months. During that time Castillo had grown depressed for unknown reasons, said her roommate's boyfriend, Alex Izaguirre, who was helping his girlfriend move her belongings out of the house Tuesday.

"From what my girlfriend tells me, (Castillo) started saying her life didn't have meaning anymore," Izaguirre said.

Izaguirre described Castillo as a fun person who was usually upbeat and friendly, enjoying dancing and barbecues with friends.

"She was an awesome person," Izaguirre said. "You read about these things in the news, but you never think it will happen to people you know."

Castillo has a young son who was staying with his father in the New York City area for the holidays. She had apparently planned her own death, but police are not certain whether she planned Boyd's. A suicide note was found inside the residence, Thomas said.

Police had not been called to the house previously, and there is no record of arrests in Gwinnett for either Castillo or Boyd.

Thomas said Castillo was employed by SunTrust Bank off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Jimmy Carter Boulevard, and she was originally from Colombia. Few details were available about Boyd on Tuesday. Izaguirre thought Boyd might be an engineer.

The house where the shooting occurred has a history of tragic events. A fire at the same residence on Feb. 4, 2003, severely burned the former owner. Noreen Judson, 49, was hospitalized with second and third-degree burns after being trapped in a burning bedroom. Her 17-year-old son was not injured. Castillo purchased the home at a discounted rate because of the fire damage, but she did not know the former owner, Izaguirre said