Mayor was griev­ing hus­band’s death, had fi­nan­cial trou­bles

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By El­ida S. Perez

COP­PELL — A Dal­las-area mayor who au­thor­i­ties be­lieve killed her­self and her daugh­ter left a note say­ing the two re­mained in deep grief about the 2008 death of their hus­band and fa­ther from can­cer, po­lice said Fri­day.

“My sweet, sweet Corinne had grown com­pletely in­con­solable. She had learned to hide her feel­ings from her friends. But the two of us were lost, alone and afraid. Corinne just kept on ask­ing, ‘Why won’t God let me die?’ We hadn’t slept at all and nei­ther one of us could stop cry­ing when we were to­gether,” the typed note found in the kitchen read.

The note was one of four po­lice found Tues­day af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the bod­ies of Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, and her 19-year-old daugh­ter, Corinne. Both had been shot in the head. The Dal­las County med­i­cal ex­am­in­ers of­fice has ruled the elder Peters’ death a sui­cide and the daugh­ter’s death a homi­cide.

Po­lice ar­rived at the home af­ter the usu­ally prompt mayor failed to show up for a city meet­ing. They found an en­ve­lope taped to the door con­tain­ing a house key and typed note that said: “To our first re­spon­ders, Here is the key for the front door. I am so very sorry for what you’re about to dis­cover. Please for­give me. Jayne.”

It also has been re­vealed that the mayor had deep fi­nan­cial trou­bles.

At a fu­neral ser­vice Fri­day for the two, the mayor’s pas­tor said she had tried to hide her fi­nan­cial prob­lems from her daugh­ter af­ter her hus­band’s death.

City Man­ager Clay Phillips said he had been ask­ing the mayor since Novem­ber about at least $4,000 in charges on her city-is­sued credit card. Phillips said there ap­peared to be per­sonal charges for items such as cloth­ing and pet sup­plies.

Deputy Po­lice Chief Steve Thomas said the weapon used was a Glock 17 9 mm pis­tol, which he said the mayor bor­rowed from Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke. Thomas said Franke told po­lice that Peters asked about get­ting a con­cealed hand­gun per­mit and that the two had gone for tar­get prac­tice July 8. Peters left with his weapon, say­ing she wanted to bor­row it for a class.

Franke did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a call Fri­day from The As­so­ci­ated Press. Thomas said Franke would not face any charges.

Jim Mahoney the dAl­lAs Morn­ing news

Katie Pet­lak ar­rives for the joint fu­neral for Jayne Peters and her daugh­ter, Corinne, at First United Methodist Church in Cop­pell on Fri­day. Po­lice say Peters killed Corinne and her­self.

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