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Murder/Suicide – Killed – Stephanie Fajardo (Springfield, MO)

Stephanie Fajardo

It was a 7-year-old child who called 911 Friday morning and reported both parents dead.

Springfield police arrived at the East Norshire Street at 5:37 a.m. and found a CoxHealth physician and his wife shot to death — the couple’s four kids were also in the house.

According to details released today police believe Rudolph Fajardo, 35, shot his wife, Stephanie Fajardo, 32, and then turned the gun on himself.

Police say the bodies were found in a bedroom of the home in the Ravenwood South neighborhood.

The children, aged 7, 6, 3 and 1, were not injured.

After more than a year of investigation, police have closed the case on the shooting deaths of a CoxHealth doctor and his wife, officially ruling murder-suicide.

Through numerous interviews with family and friends, early information showed the couple dealt with what might be described as typical marital issues — concern that Rudy Fajardo worked too much and didn’t spend enough time with the children. Friends also thought Stephanie Fajardo might have been in nursing school so she could support herself and her children if she wanted to divorce her husband.

But none of the witnesses suspected the marriage would end with violence. Friends said both Fajardos kept most things to themselves.

Detectives, however, eventually were told through interviews with those who knew the couple that Stephanie on numerous occasions had expressed unhappiness in the marriage. The report says a farewell note from Rudy Fajardo to family members surfaced, and it told how he thought he had found evidence of infidelity and plans by Stephanie to divorce him.

Detectives also described in the report evidence that Stephanie had an affair or texted and commented about having one.