UPDATE: Couple Found Dead Near Ionia Home

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

A man and woman found shot to death in a driveway in Ronald Township around 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and that's all the information the Ionia County Sheriff will share for now.

A family member called it a murder-suicide. The uncle of one of the victims said Jamie Dennis was killed by her husband, Rob, who then took his own life in the driveway of their home in the 3100-block of Westbrook Rd.

"I just couldn't believe it," said Rick Harkins, Jamie's uncle. "Just utter chaos. Just couldn't believe this would happen."

Harkins said the family didn't notice anything out of the ordinary about the couple. They were in their forties and together for at least a decade.

"We don't understand what went wrong," Harkins said. "We don't have any idea. We don't know where he went off the deep end or what happened. I mean, they just spent the day together with their 2-year-old grandson and had a good time."

He said they were your average happy couple, but Jamie just lost her job, and it's possible that's the cause of this tragedy.

"I don't know if they were arguing about that or if they had a dispute about that," Harkins said. "She was a tech and she made pretty good money, but the factory closed. So I don't know if it was a thing on money, I have no idea."

Whatever the reason may be, the family is shocked. Harkins described Rob as a quiet, unassuming guy, who would never hurt anyone. He worked as a prison guard in Ionia. While Harkins believes he had a license to carry a weapon, they never thought this would happen.

"We've got no answers really," Harkins said. "No answers for nothing. It was just the two of them, they were out here alone, and we just don't know what happened."

The Ionia County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident.

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