DC Police detective killed by wife in murder-suicide hours after she posted their wedding video on Facebook
Reports said Christina Francis, 41, shot her detective husband Timothy Francis, 50, and then killed herself by suicide
A DC Police detective was found dead along with his wife at their home on Friday, in what authorities suspect is a case of murder-suicide. Reports said Christina Francis, 41, shot her detective husband Timothy Francis, 50, and then killed herself by suicide. Their bodies were found in their home at 3300 block of Marylea Court in Waldorf by Christina's father who then called the authorities.
A press release from Charles County Sheriff's office said, "On November 27 at 6 p.m., officers responded to the 3300 block of Marylea Court in Waldorf for the report of two people found deceased inside their home. A preliminary investigation revealed a family member had been trying to contact his daughter throughout the day and when he did not hear from her or her husband, he went to their house and found them deceased. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded and recovered evidence indicating Christina Lynn Francis, 41, shot her husband, Timothy Eugene Francis, 50, and then herself."
The official Twitter handle of DC Police Department shared a condolence message for Detective Timothy who served as a cop for 20 years. The tweet read, "MPD Det. Timothy Francis was tragically shot and killed in a domestic-related homicide yesterday. The suspect was also found deceased & @CCSOMD is currently investigating this case. Det. Francis had 20 years of service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family & loved ones." The DC Police Union responded to the tweet and said, "Tim was one of the best detectives in CID. His father was also a detective that worked nearly 45 years for MPD. Tim was a stand-up guy that always held his ground. We are all still reeling from this news. The MPD has lost a true detective today and he will not soon be replaced."
Tim was one of the best detectives in CID. His father was also a detective that worked nearly 45 years for MPD. Tim was a stand up guy that always held his ground. We are all still reeling from this news. The MPD has lost a true detective today and he will not soon be replaced. https://t.co/9R1zi9DvBt— DC Police Union (@DCPoliceUnion) November 28, 2020
On the day of the tragic event, Christina had taken to Facebook to share two posts - one about her children in which she shared that they were her pride and joy and another in which she shared her wedding video with Timothy. She also wrote how the two of them belonged together and how “this day meant everything to me”.
However, this was not a happy post as Christina lamented about a misunderstanding that had cropped between the two. Regarding this, she wrote, "Petty s*** you believed was a mistake.” The post was filled with typographical mistakes but the essence of it was that she felt that her husband should have given precedence to memories that the two of them had created together. She seemed upset that he didn't, and messages and comments from friends underneath the post expressed love and support.
Officials have not made the motivation behind the murder-suicide public. However, the two Facebook posts shared by Christina indicate that things were not well between the two of them. Shocked neighbors also commented on the incident. Delancey Praylow III, who lives just a few doors down, said that he had seen Christina just that afternoon, "She had just walked past me walking her dog ... and an hour and a half later, we heard the police sirens." He added to WUSA9, "It’s sad because it feels like one of your own family members because we were all tight like that." He also expressed that Christina was nice and said, "Good folks. She just shared a piece of cake with me at the gathering, and she was real nice."
Demetrius Wilson, another neighbor who spent time with Francis, said, "You never know what people go through." He added, "“I’ve known him just two years, and I’ll miss him. Every time I turn that corner on Friday, I’ll look over and just imagine him playing his music.”