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Woman Found Dead By Apparent Suicide In Woods After Allegedly Killing Boyfriend, Her Brother

Ruby Taverner was found dead in a wooded area not far from an apartment where her boyfriend, Ray Muscat, and her brother, Bishop Taverner, were shot to death. Police say she died via suicide after killing her loved ones.

By Gina Tron
Woman Allegedly Killed Boyfriend, Her Brother, Then Self

A Michigan woman has been found dead by apparent suicide after allegedly killing both her brother and her boyfriend.

Ruby Taverner, 22, was found dead on Monday of an apparent self-inflicted single gunshot wound, according to a press release from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office obtained by Law&Crime.

“A Glock 43X handgun, which she purchased within the past week, was found near her body,” the press release said.

Investigators had been looking for her following a double shooting inside an Independence Township apartment over the weekend. Taverner’s live-in boyfriend, Ray Muscat, 26, and her brother, Bishop Taverner, 25, were found shot to death after police received an emergency call on Sunday morning from someone else in the same building who reported hearing shots.

A police handout of Ruby Taverner

Bishop Taverner’s body was found in the living room while Ray Muscat’s body was found in a rear bedroom of the home, according to the Detroit Times.

Ruby’s body was found in a wooded area near the apartment complex that was being searched by investigators.

It’s unclear what prompted the apparent murder-suicide.

"It's a terrible situation. It always seems to be magnified when you get someone who commits something horrible like that — a homicide — and then kills themselves,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Fox 2 Detroit. “You almost wonder ‘What was the point’ to this whole thing? You never get any answers that satisfy those questions because, now, all parties are deceased."

Before she was found dead, Bouchard told Fox 2 Detroit that investigators believed that Ruby Taverner was “highly dangerous to themselves or someone else." 

The sheriff has now vowed to get to the bottom of the tragedy. He told the outlet that “investigators will now pivot to see if we can answer the question on everyone’s mind: Why?”