Ronnell and Keianna Burns: Couple leaves behind 8 kids after murder-suicide in Georgia

'I’m asking you one thing – because I really need it right now – I need prayer,' Keianna Burns had shared in a Facebook Live one week before her death


                            Ronnell and Keianna Burns: Couple leaves behind 8 kids after murder-suicide in Georgia
Keianna and Ronnell Burns were salon owners from Atlanta (Instagram)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: The shocking murder-suicide of Atlanta's 'power couple' has rattled many, after the parents of eight were found dead on November 6, 2021, at their home. Keianna Burns, 44, and her husband Ronnell Burns, 46, were co-owners of a successful salon business. Around six months ago, the family had moved to Atlanta from St. Louis to expand their venture 'Kritique Designs Beauty & Barber Salon' as well as to grow the clientele base for Primerica Insurance. 

The couple had significant popularity on social media where they regularly shares snippets about their family life and painted rosy pictures of their success. However, things were definitely amiss between them, as Keianna vented about having a difficult time just a week prior to her death. Shortly before 9 pm on November 6, when all of their eight children were away from home, Keianna fatally shot her husband Ronnell before turning the gun on herself.

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Hours before the incident, Keianna had posted a video of herself dancing and singing with her young daughter. It is unclear what exactly caused the conflict between the couple later that day, when the daughter was staying with a relative. 

According to Keianna's acquaintances, the hairstylist and salon owner had called on her friends on October 30, 2021, seeking help. She was reportedly having a 'gloomy day' and sought support and prayers from her friends. In a Facebook Live, Keianna emotionally shared, "I’m asking you one thing – because I really need it right now – I need prayer. I need prayer, I need strength, I need love. Pray for me."

She further added, "You have to be prepared for life changes. Things in your life can change for the good or the bad overnight - literally. If you don’t think you’re a strong enough individual, some things may take you out." Appreciating the support and love from her followers, Keianna had noted, "They help me through my gloomy days because yes, I do have them. And if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m having one right now."

Police are investigating to find out how things went downhill for the 'power couple', who were believed to be quite affluent and influential in the local community. Cops revealed that there was no prior record of domestic violence in either of their names. The fate of their children currently remains unknown. 

Rowena Terry, a close friend of the couple mourned their tragic death on a social media post, which read — "To know this couple Keianna Burns and Ronnell Burns you had no choice but to love them. They were selfless, loving, and caring. A lot of ppl say money makes you act different but not them. They are so down to earth. And very humble. They lit up any room they walked in. Motivational to others and only wanted to change the world."

The eight children shared by Keianna and Ronnell included their biological kids as well as both their issues from previous relationships. Ronnell had been married to another woman in the past. He even appeared on an episode of 'Divorce Court' with her after accusing her of cheating on him. Meanwhile, the ex-wife counter-alleged that he had ruined her credit history. 

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