A shooting rampage that killed four people, including two 25-year-old Navy aviators, in a Coronado condominium early on New Year's morning was a case of murder-suicide, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
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Slain in the eruption of gunfire in the 1000 block of Park Place were Lt. David Reis and his 24-year-old sister, Karen, both of Bakersfield; and 31-year-old Matthew Saturley of Chula Vista, sheriff's homicide Capt. Duncan Fraser said.
David Reis' roommate at the condo, fellow Miramar-based F/A-18 pilot Lt. John Robert Reeves of Prince Frederick, Md., killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Fraser.
The captain disclosed no suspected motive for the deadly violence and did not specifically identify Reeves as the killer, but sheriff's officials have asserted since early in the investigation that there were "no outstanding suspects" in the crime.
Sources tell 10News Reeves' jealousy over feelings for Karen that were not returned may have been a motive in the shootings.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, patrol officers responding to a 911 call about gunfire in the upscale neighborhood near the Hotel Del Coronado found a dead man in the front doorway of the residence shared by David Reis and Reeves.
Using a camera-equipped robot, a SWAT team discovered the other bodies inside the multi-story home.
David Reis died of a single gunshot, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. His sister, who worked as an assistant volleyball coach at a local high school, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, as did Saturley.
A man who lives next door to the condominium described hearing the deadly gunfire. Retired Navy pilot Don Hubbard said he heard "two shots, about a five-second pause, and then five more."
Fraser said all four victims had gone out to downtown San Diego the night before their deaths to celebrate New Year's Eve. They had been celebrating at a rooftop club at the Marriott in the Gaslamp called "Altitudes" and returned to the condominium by 2 a.m. Fraser believes Saturley had met the other three that night.
Alana Renfro, Saturley's wife, told 10News, "It's an absolute tragedy. It's a tragedy for everybody involved."
Renfro said she is trying to stay strong for their two young children.
"Our hearts are broken for everyone," said Renfro.
She said she and Saturley had filed for divorce five days before the shooting but promised they would remain the best of friends.
"It's just heartbreaking," she said. "Matthew was the most kind, wonderful
best friend and father anyone could ever have. He was incredible."
Saturley's sister who flew into town from New York told 10News that she is also devastated.
"He was a kind and generous man and we are all so brokenhearted by this," said Elizabeth Saturley.
On Wednesday, about fifty students attended a candlelight vigil on Wednesday at San Dieguito Academy where Karen Reis coached volleyball.
"It's just so hard to know that her life was cut short," said student Monica Lundgren.
Lundgren who helped organize the vigil said the beloved volleyball coach impacted their lives on and off the court.
"She wanted to make sure everyone was friends outside of volleyball and inside and weren't just a team
we were more of family," said Lundgren.
David Reis and Reeves were members of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, Marine Aircraft Group 11, Third Marine Aircraft Wing. Both were commissioned into the Navy in 2008 through college ROTC programs, the former at the University of New Mexico and the latter at Penn State University, according to USMC officials.
Each was the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal.
Lt. Col. Robert Brodie, commanding officer of the fighter-jet training squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, offered his condolences to the deceased officers' "families, friends, fellow service members and Coronado community during this time of mourning."
"We are committed to supporting the families of Lt. j.g. Reis and Lt. j.g. Reeves and (others) affected by this tragedy," Brodie said in a prepared statement.
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