TECUMSEH - Brian Sparagowski typed out a note to his stepdaughter, apologizing to her for fatally shooting her mother and the woman's young lover.
Then, the factory worker pointed a 22-caliber rifle at his head and fired.
Lenawee County authorities yesterday outlined details of the secret relationship between Mary Sparagowski, 42, and Nader Rammouni, 23, both found shot to death in the Sparagowskis' Tecumseh Township home. The double murder-suicide was discovered Wednesday night, when a tip led police to the quiet ranch-style home and the three bodies.
“The evidence we gathered indicates the husband came home from work and was in the residence for some time, when he heard something going on upstairs,” Lt. Cletus Smith of the Lenawee County sheriff's office said. “He had a weapon with him. He shot the male victim first and then went into the bedroom and shot and killed his wife.”
Mr. Rammouni became friends with the couple about two months ago through Mrs. Sparagowski's daughter, Laurie. The 18-year-old girl was living at the home with her baby, but was in the process of moving out.
Police believe Mr. Rammouni was dropped off at the house on Clinton-Tecumseh Highway by a friend Tuesday night, while Mr. Sparagowski was at work.
Mr. Sparagowski, 44, apparently arrived home early that night from his job at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Saline.
The gun and a suicide note were found next to Mr. Sparagowski. Police declined to disclose details of note, except that he apologized to Laurie, for the shootings.
Marijuana was found inside the house.
“This was a surprise,” Lenawee County Sheriff Larry Richardson said. He said no evidence pointed to signs of a struggle between Mr. Sparagowski and the victims.
Police said Mr. Sparagowski shot his wife twice in the body before killing her with a fatal shot in the head. Mr. Rammouni was found with two fatal shots in his head.
Mr. Sparagowski, who was described by friends as a kind family man with just a few years left until retirement, killed himself in the family's basement. He leaves behind two daughters from his first marriage.
Sheriff Richardson said the victims' families were having a difficult time with news of the love affair. Mr. Rammouni's family and the Sparagowski family said they had not heard of the deathsuntil police knocked on their doors.
Sheriff Richardson said he was alerted to trouble by a late-night phone call to his home. The caller told the sheriff that she was told of the deaths by someone who had dropped by the house and had seen the bodies.
The sheriff would not release the name of the caller or the person who found the bodies.
“He was scared and took off,” he said. He said that the person who fled is under investigation.