A Florida fishing-boat captain fatally shot his girlfriend inside their apartment in Palm Beach County, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide.
According to the parents of Richard Travis Timilty, 27, he was “happy” and in good spirits just 30 minutes before he took the life of his girlfriend, Holly Given, 26, and then his own.
Riviera Beach Police found the bodies Wednesday afternoon, and a motive for the killings remains unclear. Timilty appeared to be in good spirits when he went drinking with friends the night of the incident, his parents Lisa Martinez and Dennis Bater recalled.
Martinez said, “He was smiling. He was happy,” when she drove to pick him up from the Texas Roadhouse restaurant. Timilty’s parents also said their son referred to Given as “the one” and was planning to propose over Christmas, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Shortly after Martinez dropped him off at the apartment he shared with Given, neighbors heard two “pops” from the residency, around midnight Tuesday. The two bodies were found the next day after a relative stopped by for a welfare check.
Police claim there’s no recorded history of domestic abuse calls from the couple.
Given, who worked as a waitress, announced their relationship on Facebook on Oct. 20. It was the same day Timilty filed for divorce from another woman after less than a year of marriage. On Nov. 29, one day after his divorce was finalized, Timilty shared an Instagram photo of himself with Given.
The caption read, “#wcw @hollyflkeys #datenight @#toomuchfun #loveit #blessed . Thank you so much for a great night #mylove.”
“Holly the world was a better place with you in it. Now heaven is a better place. Prayers for the families,” Cha Cha DiGregorio, a friend, wrote on Facebook. Others remembered her as an “innocent and beautiful person.”
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