Victim didn’t want to go home, boss says Girlfriend killed man, self, police say — (The Dallas Morning News)

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A member of the Prozac Survivor’s Support Group has confirmed that this teen-aged girl was taking Prozac at the time of the murder-suicide.

By Stephen Power, Jason Sickles / Staff Writers of The Dallas Morning News

Published 01-08-1998

Hours before his death, Tucker Soggs asked his boss of five days for a salary advance to help pay for a motel room.  He and his girlfriend were fighting, he said, and he didn’t want to go home. “I live with a psycho . . . and I don’t want to be around her,” Mr. Soggs’ boss quoted him as saying.  Mr. Soggs, 26, never made it to a motel.  His relationship with Sara Lowe, 18, ended in gunfire Tuesday night outside the Far North Dallas tanning salon where he had worked for less than a week.

Dallas police said Wednesday that Ms. Lowe asked Mr. Soggs to step outside the business about 8 p.m. and shot him several times.  She then turned the gun on herself. “She was found lying right next to him,” homicide Sgt. Larry Lewis said. Mr. Soggs died on the parking lot of the Campbell Road shopping center near Coit Road. Ms. Lowe died minutes later at a Plano hospital. Police said they found a new box of shells close to the fallen couple. “Thank God she asked him to come outside,” said Debbie Linksman, 40, owner of a neighboring delicatessen, who heard the shots and called police. “If there were some people in the store, and she was really going off the wall, she could have hurt a lot more people.”

Dallas police said they have investigated only eight slayings since March 1995 in which a woman was the attacker. “It’s not unheard of . . . but women committing homicides is extremely rare,” said Sgt. Ches Williams, a supervisor in the police family violence unit. “Women just rarely kill, and it’s even rarer in family violence cases.” The murder-suicide ended what Mr. Soggs’ relatives described Wednesday as a sometimes-troubled relationship. “I don’t think anybody in our family expected anything like this, ” said his uncle, Tom Soggs, from his home in Erie, Pa.

Ms. Lowe’s father, who lives in Plano, also had no explanation. “We don’t know what happened, and we don’t know why it happened, ” Michael Lowe said. “She was a very loving, very caring person.” Sgt. Lewis said that police found a typed note in the couple’s Richardson apartment but that he could not discuss details of its contents. “It didn’t give any indication about what she was about to do,” he said.

A handwritten note in Ms. Lowe’s car contained only instructions for police on how to contact family members. “Everyone we talked to, including family, friends and neighbors, said that she was very happy,” Sgt. Lewis said. “That’s not all that uncommon in these cases.” Richardson police said Ms. Lowe had called them shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday to say that she and her “ex-boyfriend” were arguing and that she could not get him to leave the apartment they shared.

A patrol officer went there but made no arrests because he found no evidence of physical violence. Mr. Soggs “told the officer he would go stay at another apartment for the night,” said Sgt. Ray Pennington, a Richardson police spokesman. “Both were given a family violence handout.” Tim Soggs, the victim’s father, said he suspects the argument may have involved his son’s staying out Monday night to celebrate a promotion at the tanning salon. “Knowing him, he probably didn’t call her and tell her where he was at and when he would be home,” Mr. Soggs’ father said Wednesday from Erie, Pa. Tim Soggs, who visited his eldest son for Thanksgiving, said he doesn’t know how the couple met but thought they had been together for about a year.

“My experiences with Sara were mixed,” he said. “She was real enthusiastic and had a nice, pleasant side. But she could also get very verbally abusive and jealous. She seemed pretty insecure.” Although Ms. Lowe had never been violent, Tim Soggs said, he encouraged his son to leave the relationship. “I’m sure he recognized it was unhealthy the way she behaved,” he said. “When they were doing well, anybody could have been convinced they were a great couple.”

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