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An Alabama woman whose family said had recently overcome leukemia was apparently killed by her fiancé in a murder-suicide, according to authorities.
Adrian Danielle White, 43, was fatally shot by Quentin Dewayne Crenshaw, 42, who later committed suicide, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said. The couple were found dead around 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon, after law enforcement was dispatched to their home on Rice Creek Lane, Sgt. Joni Money said, according to Al.com.
A Jefferson County coroner later confirmed that both White and Crenshaw had died from gunshot wounds, WBRC reported.
An elderly man, later identified as White’s father, the Rev. James G. White, was found unharmed inside the residence but taken to the hospital for observation, according to the newspaper. The man, who suffers from dementia, recently lost his wife, Minnie White, who died of COVID-19 earlier this spring. White and Crenshaw had been taking care of her father following his wife’s death.
Unsuspecting relatives visiting from out of town, who later arrived at the couple’s home to celebrate White’s 44th birthday, were stunned to find that the residence was an active crime scene flanked by county investigators.
"She didn’t need to go out like this,'' Carolyn White, her sister, told Al.com.
The slain mother’s family were perplexed to learn the news, insisting they weren’t aware of any ongoing domestic abuse issues within the couple’s home.
"We had no idea,'' Carolyn White told Al.com. "We have no idea what transpired. I can’t make sense of it.''
A motive in the slaying hasn’t yet been release by authorities. However, authorities stated they hadn’t previously been dispatched to the couple’s home for any domestic incidents.
Deputy Chief David Agee, a spokesperson for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment on Tuesday.
Adrian White's sister described her as a “caring person” and mother. She had one son.
She was also recovering from a bout with leukemia and was in the midst of planning her wedding with Crenshaw, her sister said.
White and Crenshaw, longtime friends who had recently planned to tie the knot, and were organizing a wedding for next summer, according to family.
"We just got the wedding announcement yesterday,'' Carolyn White told Al.com.
The couple planned to exchange vows on June 5, 2021, according to their profile on the wedding planning website TheKnot.com. Dozens of pictures, showing the couple happily posing and grinning for the camera, still populate the page.
Crenshaw is from McCalla, an unincorporated community in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties, Alabama, Al.com reported. He had two children, the outlet reported.
White was a University of Alabama graduate who worked as a systems analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Al.com reported. The Alabama mom was the youngest of 12 siblings, family said.
"I’m waiting to wake up from the dream,” her sister Carolyn said.
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