Firefighter, woman identified in Titusville murder-suicide

Haley Friedel, 24; Gregory DePietro, 32, found in Titusville neighborhood

Titusville police have identified two people who died in a murder-suicide shooting Thursday morning.

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Titusville police have identified two people who died in a murder-suicide shooting Thursday morning.

Officers responded to a home on Lakeview Hills Avenue near Dawn Drive around 7 a.m. where they found Haley Friedel, 24, fatally shot in her vehicle and Gregory DePietro, 32, critically wounded nearby.

The Seminole County Fire Department said Friday morning DePietro was a firefighter with the department since 2018.

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Police said DePietro showed up to the home, which belonged to Friedel, and fired multiple times into the driver’s side window of her car, killing her. He then shot himself, police said.

The Titusville Police Department said he was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead around 10:15 a.m.

According to the department, the two knew each other but officials did not disclose the nature of the relationship.

A case report filed Thursday described how responding officers found Friedel’s father standing near DePietro, repeatedly yelling that the man had shot his daughter. The officer who wrote the narrative stated Friedel had been shot in the face multiple times, and noted that DePietro’s injuries — a gunshot wound to his head with an exit wound on the back of his head — were too severe for them to render aid.

The Seminole County Fire Department released a statement Friday morning on the fatal shooting.

A family member identifying herself as Friedel’s cousin told News 6 DePietro was Friedel’s ex-boyfriend, and the family was working on getting a restraining order against him.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.