December 27, 2019 - Murder-Suicide Investigation Update
LAKELAND, FL (December 27, 2019) - As detectives continue to investigate this case, the following additional information has been confirmed:
The female victim and Leighton Josephs had been involved in a long-term relationship and had two children together. Over the past few months, their relationship had become strained.
The male victim was a friend of the female victim and had come to the home with his two children before a planned attendance at Christmas Eve church services that evening.
All four children, who were in the home during the shooting, are safe and currently being cared for by family members.
We will not be releasing the names of the victims or children in accordance with Marsy’s law.
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