PETALUMA MURDER-SUICIDE: Kevin Conover kills estranged wife Kim Conover Sunday afternoon in Petaluma, Calif., and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. Kevin Conover killed Kim Conover, a second grade teacher, on a downtown side street at about 2 p.m. after she visited a divorce attorney. She later died at a local hospital.
Kevin Conover died at 5 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, thought to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Mercury News reports. Police identified him as the shooter and said his wound appears to have been self-inflicted.
She was a second-grade teacher at Meadow Elementary School and mother of four children, including a twin boy and girl younger than than 2 years old that she had with her husband, and two teenage girls. Kevin Conover graduated from Petaluma High School in 1988, a year after Kim Conover. Source
There are no words to describe the immense sorrow we feel for Kim Conover, especially the children she has left behind. Domestic violence is a serious problem and it cuts across socioeconomic status, race, creed, religion and sexual orientation. If you feel you are the victim of domestic violence, get help. There are a number of resources out there to help you. You may also contact the 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
UPDATE#1: Kim Conover had been denied an emergency restraining order against Kevin Conover the week before she died, alleging her estranged husband had grabbed her earlier on that day. An officer had spoken with Kevin Conover about the alleged assault, which he denied, of course. The officer requested an emergency stay-away order from Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Virginia Marcoida, who denied the request saying she didn’t believe Kim Conover was in any danger, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Um, hello, she was killed by the same man a week later. Judge Virginia Marcoida should be kicked off the bench. How many more questionable decisions has she made?
Kevin and Kim Conover had come to the attention of Petaluma police five times over the past year, with officers investigating complaints of domestic abuse or, in one case, an allegation that he had pushed one of her daughters from a previous relationship. But no one was ever arrested, police said Thursday. Source