Cana­dian woman, hus­band found dead in U.S.

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

AL­BU­QUERQUE, N.M. — Po­lice in New Mex­ico are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a Cana­dian woman was found dead with her hus­band in­side a pickup truck on the shoul­der of an in­ter­state high­way.

The bod­ies of Ur­sula Tammy Kokotkiewicz, 32, and Ja­cob Kokotkiewicz, 31, were dis­cov­ered Thurs­day morn­ing in a blue Dodge truck.

In a news re­lease, New Mex­ico State Po­lice say of­fi­cers spot­ted the truck while re­spond­ing to an­other un­re­lated in­ci­dent near Al­bu­querque.

They say the woman, who was found in the pas­sen­ger seat, and her hus­band, who was in the driver’s seat, both sus­tained gun­shot wounds to the head.

Po­lice say a hand­gun was also found in the man’s lap.

New Mex­ico State Po­lice spokesper­son Carl Chris­tensen says po­lice are not ac­tively look­ing for any sus­pects, but he notes the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

He says Kokotkiewicz was from Canada but she was liv­ing with her hus­band in Flower Mound, Texas, which is about 45 kilo­me­tres north­west of Dal­las.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ports say that Kokotkiewicz was a teacher work­ing in Dal­las and her hus­band served in the U.S. army.

The teacher grad­u­ated from the On­tario In­sti­tute for Stud­ies in Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Toronto in 2014, and was reg­is­tered to teach in the prov­ince that Septem­ber. Kokotkiewicz also re­ceived an Hon­ours Bach­e­lor of Arts from U of T in 2013, ac­cord­ing her On­tario Col­lege of Teach­ers cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Trib­utes have been pour­ing in on her In­sta­gram ac­count, with some peo­ple call­ing her “Ms. K.”

“I cant be­lieve Ms. K is gone still,” one per­son wrote. “Look­ing at her pic­tures makes it seem so un­real, es­pe­cially be­cause I had just talked to her be­fore she left.”


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