Man who shot wife in front of their children found dead after manhunt in Florida Florida
- Mr Paris, 54, died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
- He had been on the run for murdering his wife in Florida since Wednesday
- His wife Liza, 34, called the police just hours before her death
- The couple had been divorced a month before the murder
Death: Police were looking for Julian Paris, 54, who allegedly shot his wife in a crowded Florida park
The dead body of a man wanted by Florida police for allegedly murdering his wife in front of their children has been found.
Julian Paris, 54, was wanted by police after he heartlessly shot his wife Liza Nicole Adderly, 34, dead on dr. Phillips Community Park in Orlando in front of their three children.
Orange County agents, however, confirmed that Mr. Paris had been found dead by relatives from a self-inflected gunshot wound, next to his deceased son’s grave in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mr Paris has been on the run since May 7th after that
Investigators said he shot his wife at 4:20 p.m. in broad daylight.
Ms Adderly had taken her three children to a playdate with another family when Paris showed up, officers said.
Then he shot and killed his wife in front of their shocked children who stood next to their mother and are aged four, 13 and 15 years.
Eyewitnesses say the suspect fled the park in a white Kia Spectra compact hatchback with a Florida license plate. K259IV.
The couple’s three children watched as their father drove away from the parking lot dressed in a red fedora and a red T-shirt, said a witness.
Shocked onlookers along with the couple’s children were among the first to call 911 for emergency services after the horror unfolded in the park.
Murder scene: Police were looking for a Florida man who brutally shot his wife in a crowded Orlando park, but he was later found dead
Sheriff spokesman Jeff Williamson said, “It shows how audacious he was to come here in broad daylight and shoot this woman in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses, including minors.”
“I think it says a lot about the person and the crime itself. It’s horrible,” he added.
Mr. Paris had several aliases, but his first name was Rick Adderly, according to his family.
The couple had a history of domestic violence and officers were called to an incident between the couple two hours before Ms Adderly was murdered.
On Wednesday, the 34-year-old mother of three was pushed by Mr. Paris during a meeting at his work as an irrigation worker, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Ms Adderly was so distraught she went back to her car screaming for help, police say.
She was shot dead a few hours later.
Orange County police officers launched a widespread manhunt for the 54-year-old, but his daughter found him dead at 7:20 p.m. on May 8.
Investigators are still trying to figure out why he committed suicide.
In happier times: Rick Adderly (aka Julian Paris), his wife Liza Nicole Adderly and their children pose together in a group photo on the beach
Police line: Julian Paris, 54, had fled the park in a white Kia Spectra, watched by his three children
After more than 16 years of marriage, the couple divorced a month before the murder.
Relatives said the grave where Mr Paris was found dead belonged to their 17-year-old son – who was their eldest – but was hit by a car and killed in January 2012.
Jane Watrel of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘You all know he went through a divorce, but we don’t know why he took this extremely drastic measure.
‘We got the call around 7:25 PM’ [from] family who called that they had found Mr. Paris’ body at his son’s grave.’
The tragic couple married in 1998 when she was 18 and her husband 38.
Officers are still looking for the deceased man’s car.
Adrianna Adderlini, 23, a relative by marriage told The Orlando Sentinel: “This is very surprising because they have been so good after the death of their son – just keep their family strong.”
The couple leaves behind their three surviving children.