A New York Police Department school safety officer and mother was apparently shot to death by her boyfriend in an murder-suicide over the weekend while her son was in the home.
Naire McCormick, 44, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head on Sunday in her Brooklyn apartment, the New York Post reports.
McCormick’s boyfriend, Jancy Dempster, 47, is suspected of shooting her before killing himself.
Both Dempster’s cousin and McCormick’s 12-year-old son were present and in another room when the shooting occurred. They reportedly fled the home when the gunfire erupted. Someone called 911 after hearing screams, Brooklyn 12 News reports.
When police arrived on the scene, a handgun was found near Dempster’s body, The New York Daily News reports. He, like his girlfriend, died from a gunshot wound to the head. McCormick and Dempster were both found in McCormick's bedroom and were pronounced dead at the scene.
The violence erupted as the couple was celebrating Dempster’s 47th birthday, according to the New York Post. He had been drinking heavily, unnamed police sources told the outlet.
Dempster had been arrested in the past on weapons possession, robbery and assault charges.
McCormick had been a school safety officer since 2004. She also did some work as a model. She won the Face of Kurvacious pageant last year, the Post reports. She was described as sweet and outgoing, according to 12 News.
"Today is a sad day as we mourn the death of our beloved School Safety Agent Naire McCormick," the NYPD's school safety department tweeted Monday. "She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, the youth & faculty she served at her school and her NYPD School Safety Family."
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