Eviction prompts double murder-suicide in Deltona
2 women, man found shot to death in Nardello Drive home
A woman and her adult daughter were shot and killed Tuesday in a Deltona home by the mother's boyfriend, who also took his own life, Volusa County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
Chitwood said deputies were called around 9:30 p.m. to 610 Nardello Drive after relatives requested a well-being check. Deputies found Nancy Eads, 56, her daughter Lisa Ferraro, 32, and Richard Murray, 58, shot to death.
"Lisa's husband was actually the one who calls and says, 'Hey, my wife went to go see her mother and I haven't been able to contact her for over four hours,'" Chitwood said in an early morning news conference Wednesday.
Chitwood said Eads and Ferraro were trying to evict Murray, who had lived at the home for 12 years, which prompted the double murder-suicide.
"Nancy was trying to figure out a legal way to get him out of the house," Chitwood said. "I think that's what the discussion with Nancy's daughter was about, how to how to get him out."
Chitwood said Murray, who has a criminal record in three states, left a note at the scene apologizing for his actions.
Brandi Sydnor and Stephanie Figueroa said they were childhood friends with Ferraro. The two were in tears when they found out what happened.
"For Lisa and Nancy, it was wrong for what happened. They don't deserve this. They were great loving people," Sydnor said.
Figueroa said it was completely unexpected.
"Never heard of any type of domestic in the last 20 years. Every time we saw them they were happy, great. Everything was good," Figueroa said.
Chitwood said Murray's death marks the sixth suicide in Volusia County this month.
"We've had six suicides in the month of July: two by hanging and four by gunshots. I don't know what's going on, but obviously this was one where he killed himself because of crime he committed," Chitwood said.