Police have found a suicide note written by the ex-boyfriend of the Miami University student found dead Sunday morning, according to court documents.
Rebecca C. Eldemire, 21, was a junior at Miami University. Preliminary investigations indicated Eldemire was shot by Larry E. Tipton II, 27, before Tipton took his own life, officials state.
Eldemire reportedly called Oxford Police Saturday evening shortly before 10 p.m. to ask for public assistance, saying her ex-boyfriend, Larry E. Tipton II, 27, was coming from near Columbus to her Oxford apartment.
Police met with Tipton when he arrived and officials said the two talked with officers before Eldemire told officers they were no longer needed.
In the 911 call, Eldemire explains she broke up with her boyfriend the day before in Columbus. She says he got angry and started yelling and throwing things. She also told the 911 caller that Tipton had guns.
Sunday morning, however, Eldemire's roommates at the Level 27 Apartments in the 3300 block South Pointe Parkway reported loud bangs and a fire alarm in the apartment at 8:45 a.m. The roommates said they banged on Eldemire's locked bedroom door but didn't get a response.
Responding officers found Eldemire and Tipton in the bedroom with gunshot wounds to their heads. The two were later pronounced dead.
According to the report, the revolver used had the capacity of seven rounds. Five casings were found near the bodies and two rounds remained unfired.
The Butler County Coroner ruled Eldemire's death a homicide; Tipton's was ruled a suicide.
According to court documents, police searched Tipton's residence in Columbus. A suicide note and an empty gun case were found in the search.
Tipton's family released the following statement.
“As you can imagine, this horrible tragedy has left our family in shock and absolutely heartbroken. To lose our son, and also Becca, whom we loved like a member of our family, is unthinkable. We ask that our privacy be respected as we cope with this as a family and appreciate the prayers and understanding of our friends and community,” read the statement.
Oxford Police said it is continuing to investigate the deaths.
Meanwhile, Miami University students are mourning the loss of one of their own.
“It's just weird to be here. It's quiet. No one is out. I feel like I shouldn't be home right now. I just have a weird feeling in my stomach,” said Carly VanOrden, a Miami University student and resident of Level 27 apartments.
Residents said they were notified of the shooting through social media.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” said Miami President David Hodge in a release. “Our hearts go out to the families and friends. It is an incredibly painful and sad time for Miami.”
Police recovered the weapon at the scene and believe that no one else is involved.
Funeral Services for Rebecca will be Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Weil Funeral Home. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Shiva will be observed Wednesday and Thursday evening 6-9 p.m. at the residence of Judy Rauchman & Stephan Wright.
Eldemire's family has created the Rebecca C. Eldemire BEEPS Foundation. The Betterment for Environmental and Earth Protection is a foundation based on Rebecca's passion for sustaining the plant. She was a double major in geography and geographic-information systems. Contributions can be made at Chase Bank, 8605 S. Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason, OH 45040.