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Tennessee police: Tarpon employee killed in murder-suicide

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Published:   |   Updated: August 12, 2014 at 04:56 PM

— City officials issued a press release this afternoon confirming the Monday murder of a city employee.

According to Sevier (Tenn.) County Sheriff Ron Seals, Genevieve Crosby, 48, died from four gunshot wounds received during a murder-suicide incident committed by her husband while the couple was vacationing with family in Tennessee.

Following investigations and interviews Monday, authorities determined that Crosby’s husband, Richard Crosby, 52, shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

The Crosbys were in Tennessee, east of Knoxville, vacationing with Gen Crosby’s father, mother and daughter.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 11:50 p.m. from a female caller stating that two people were shot inside a rental cabin.

Gen Crosby was found by EMS and police suffering from the gunshot wounds but still alive, while Richard Crosby was pronounced dead upon arrival on the floor.

EMS personnel reported Gen Crosby then died while being transported via ambulance to Leconte Medical Center, in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Gen Crosby worked with the city of Tarpon Springs since 2004 and currently held the position of Marketing and Communications Coordinator within the Department of Cultural and Civic Services.

Tarpon Springs is a relatively small community and many people here knew and worked with her. To them, the news came as a shock.

“It was definitely devastating to hear,” said former Mayor Beverly Billiris. “She was good with people, she had a great personality. It’s a tragic loss.”

City officials expressed sympathy to her family.

“This is a tragedy and our hearts go out to her family,” said Capt. Jeff Young of the Tarpon Springs Police Department. “She was a great person.”

“Acting City Manager-Chief of Police Robert Kochen, speaks for all of us in extending our thoughts and prayers to (Gen Crosby’s) family and friends,” the city’s Tuesday press release read. Kochen acts as acting city manager when Mark LeCouris is not in. “The City notified employees today and will be making grief counselling services available to those employees that wish to participate.”

Tribune reporter Kate Bradshaw contributed to this report.

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