Just hours before allegedly killing his wife and then committing suicide, a man changed his Facebook profile picture to a cheerful photo of his wedding day.
According to the BBC, the bodies of James and Amy Barnes, were found in Birmingham, England homes 20 miles apart on Tuesday. Amy’s body was found at the couple’s home. James was discovered deceased at his parent’s home. The husband and wife were both in their 30s. Their death is being investigated as a murder-suicide.
The Telegraph reports that just two hours before Amy’s body was discovered, James swapped his Facebook profile to an image of them smiling while getting married in 2014. Forty minutes after Amy’s body was found, James was found dead.
“At this early stage, it’s understood the woman was murdered before the man took his own life in the garden of the Streetly address,” police said, according to BBC.
Friends of the couple called them “the perfect couple.”
“I wasn’t aware they had any problems because they just seemed like the perfect pair who were just really starting their lives as a married couple together,” a neighbor told The Telegraph. “I can’t really say much more than that as I’m still in complete shock. They were really friendly and I just feel so sad this had happened. Such a tragedy.”
Friend Samantha Ellard described Amy to the Daily Mail as “as the most caring person you could ever wish for.” She said that Amy cared for her baby at the hospital. Amy reportedly worked at a neonatal unit in a woman’s hospital.
Ellard added, “From what she said about how much she loved him, it sounded as though they were a match made in heaven, which is why what's happened it so hard to believe. … She loved her job, and was very excited about settling down and tying the knot, as I think they'd been together for a long time before that.”
Police have yet to reveal a possible motive.