Service Set For Texas Mayor, Daughter Who Died In Murder-Suicide

A memorial service has been set for the mayor of an upscale Texas suburb who evidently shot her teenage daughter to death and then killed herself.

Jayne Peters (Coppell photo)

COPPELL (July 15, 2010)--A memorial service will be held Friday for Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, and her 19-year-old daughter Corinne who died Tuesday in what evidently was a murder suicide.

A statement on the city's website says the service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Coppell, a city of about 40,000 about 15 miles northwest of Dallas.

Police say Peters evidently shot her daughter in the head before shooting herself.

Police found the bodies Tuesday night after the mayor failed to show up for a city council meeting.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Wednesday that Peters’ death was a suicide and that the death of her daughter was a homicide.

Coppell Deputy Police Chief Steve Thomas said Wednesday that an envelope taped to the front door contained a typed note and a key to the house.

The note warned police they were going to find something unpleasant inside.

Three other notes left instructions on how to manage such affairs as taking care of the family dogs.

None of the notes provided a motive for the shootings.

Jayne Peters, who was a contract software developer, was elected mayor in 2009 after serving as a council member since 1998.

Corinne Peters graduated from Coppell High School this year and was to have attended the University of Texas this fall.

She has been scheduled to participate in freshman orientation on Wednesday.

She and her mother lived alone in the house.

The mayor's husband Donald Peters died in 2008.

Mourners left flowers, wreaths and cards on the porch of the Peters’ home on Wednesday.

City Manager Clay Phillips called the deaths a tremendous loss for the community.

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