WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY – A Prince George High School graduate was found murdered inside her Washington Heights apartment in an apparent murder-suicide Monday night, a New York Police Department officer said.
The woman, 22, and her boyfriend, 26, were both discovered in her bedroom when her roommates came home, according to police.
The woman was later identified by police as Aaron Raines. Sources told WPIX that Raines had her hands tied behind her back when she was found.
The man, who lives in Virginia, fatally shot Raines to the head before turning the gun on himself, according to police. The firearm that was used was found next to them.
There were no signs of forced entry or third-party involvement, police said. No specific motive was given.
Relatives of the woman murdered reached out to CBS 6 with more details about the former Prince George High School graduate.
They said Raines wrote her first book, Teenage Love Affair, at age 15.
She moved to New York for college and she started a foundation to help educate and encourage young women. She had another trip to Africa planned for next summer.
They said the man who murdered Raines lived in the Tri-Cities, and that he was “unexpected and uninvited” when he showed up this week.
“Domestic violence and fatalities are becoming too common,” a family representative wrote to CBS 6. “Too many grieving families and we must find a way to help end this crushing cycle.”