A Georgia family mourns the tragic circumstances in which their loved one died. Leilani Billingsley, a devoted mother and daughter, was killed of her boyfriend Paul Sullivan, 38, in an apparent suicide in Cobb County, according to the Atlanta Journal (AJC) constitution.
Cobb County Police Spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk told the news agency that Sullivan shot the 27-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Riverside EpiCenter, where she was employed shortly after 11 a.m., before pointing the gun at herself.
Police also speculated that the man attacked Billingsley before he murdered her. Officers found their bodies on the spot.
“Based on eyewitnesses and video information obtained from on-site detectives, it was determined that Mr. Sullivan physically assaulted Ms. Billingsley before he shot her,” Delk told AJC. “Then he turned the gun on himself and shot himself.”
The investigation is still ongoing.
Billingsley’s mother, Alyson-Renee Johnson, told AJC that she never expected Sullivan to harm her daughter.
“I knew they argued a lot, but that was it,” she explained.
Johnson confirmed that Sullivan and Billingsley had been a couple for four years. The couple lived with her in Austell, Georgia, a city over 20 miles west of Atlanta and Billingsley’s 6 year old daughter Queen Archee.
Johnson claimed that she learned too late about her daughter’s abuse from the woman’s friends.
Christopher Boyd, the general manager of Riverside EpiCentere, expressed condolences to the family, according to AJC.
“Our hearts go out to the family of our beloved team member, especially the young child,” he said. “Many of our co-workers are in mourning, and our attention is now focused on loving and caring for those who stay.”
Johnson created a GoFund Me to raise funds to help fund Billingsley funeral preps. The fundraiser raised nearly $ 7,000 from its $ 15,000 goal.
The grieving mother had a critical warning to those whose family members may find themselves in situations of domestic violence.
“I ask everything whether you or your daughter are in a bad situation – please help them. I feel like I have let my baby down. My life is upside down right now. “
Billingsley’s funeral will take place on May 20th at the West Cobb Funeral Home.