Police say Jessica Padilla was pregnant

Jessica Padilla
Jessica Padilla
Seaward Padilla (Courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer)
Seaward Padilla (Courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer)
Lori Padilla
Lori Padilla


UPDATE: Independence police say the 22-year-old woman who was fatally shot earlier this week by her father was pregnant.

Family members told police Jessica Padilla, 22, was five-months pregnant, Independence Police Lt. Col. David Nichols said Friday.

Funeral services for Lori and Jessica Padilla will be Monday at Chambers and Grubbs funeral home in Independence. The funeral home had no arrangements for Seaward Padilla.


A man found dead this week after a gasoline-fueled blaze at his Kentucky house shot and killed his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself, police said Thursday.

Police and firefighters also came under fire when they arrived Tuesday night at the burning home where they found the three bodies inside and a toddler wandering outside, unharmed.

In a release Thursday, police said autopsies and other evidence show 43-year-old Seaward Padilla shot 45-year-old Lori Padilla and 22-year-old Jessica Padilla on Tuesday night. All three died from gunshot wounds; Jessica's 2-year-old daughter, Jaycee, was unharmed.

Police also said that gasoline was used to ignite the fire and that rounds fired from the house hit a fire truck and a house across the street. No responders were injured.

Police declined to comment further Thursday after issuing the short press release.

A man called 911 from the Padilla residence to report a fire in the basement before hanging up, authorities have said.

Court records show the couple had accused each other of violence and taken out protective orders against each other late last year.

Lori Padilla's, filed on Nov. 28, accused her husband of pushing her.

"He locked me out of the house, destroyed personal property and I am fear of my safety," Lori Padilla wrote in the order.

A little over a week later, Seaward Padilla claimed Lori Padilla hit him in the mouth and pushed him to the ground.

"I am homeless, she has all the money," he wrote in a Dec. 4 protective order. "I'm scared she will hit me again."

Documents also show Countrywide had begun foreclosure on the home.

The Kenton County Board of Education says Seaward Padilla was an employee from August 2003 to June 2007 as a substitue bus driver and monitor. His contract was not renewed for the 2007-2008 school year.

Seaward Padilla also has a MySpace page that lists his occupation as a photographer. In his bio, he says he moved to Kentucky nine years ago and, "I am happily married to my wife, Lori, for almost 15 years and I look very forward to living the rest of my life and getting old with her." He also calls himself, "a very proud grandpa."

Jessica Padilla was a 2005 graduate of Simon Kenton High School.

A friend of the Padilla family, Greg Waite, said Thursday that the family had no comment.

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