The family of a Florida man is in shock after he allegedly committed a murder-suicide just 30 minutes after he was seen seemingly "happy." As the New York Daily News reported, 27-year-old Richard Travis Timilty shot his girlfriend, 26-year-old Holly Given. He then took his own life. The two were found inside their apartment in Palm Beach County on Wednesday.
His family says that Timilty was generally happy in both his personal and professional life. He was apparently very excited about recently being promoted to a fishing boat captain. He was seen drinking with friends the night of the crime.
“He was smiling. He was happy,” his mother shared about his demeanor the night of the incident.
“He finally achieved his goal, becoming a boat captain. He had such a bright future,” his father said.
Authorities shared that he had no recorded issues with domestic violence, according to the Palm Beach Post. They had not visited the couple's home for any arguments or issues. A neighbor, however, had allegedly seen Given running to her car the day before the crime, hurrying and moving her belongings.
Regardless, Timilty and Given seemed very much in love. They posted several photos on social media showcasing their romance and made their relationship "Facebook official" in late October. Many of those images have been deleted since news of the crime has spread.
Interestingly, Timilty's parents say that he was planning on asking Given to marry him during Christmas. He was apparently planning on popping the question and described his girlfriend as "the one." The parents denied allegations that the couple was fighting.
The crime is still considered to be an ongoing investigation. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call police at 561-845-4123 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).