Two women’s identities released in murder-suicide at St. Paul hotel — (Star Tribune)

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Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities

July 8, 1996

Author: David Chanen; Staff Writer

Police have identified the two St. Paul women found dead in a murder-suicide Friday evening in a St. Paul hotel room.   Evelyn Walker, 43, and Rita Walker, 59, were close friends, but they were not related. Investigators say they believe depression and severe health problems may have been factors in their deaths. Police found Rita’s heart medication and Evelyn’s depression medication in the room.

The women had lived in an apartment on Sherburne Av. east of Fairview Av. since 1988. They had checked into the Radisson on Tuesday and were scheduled to stay until Friday. An assistant manager was called to the room about 5 p.m. because the checkout time had passed and the women hadn’t paid their bill, police said.

Rita was found on a bed; Evelyn was in the bathroom. Police said Evelyn shot Rita before killing herself.  The owner of the building where the Walkers had lived said the news of their death “took his breath away.” He said he had recently received a letter from Evelyn saying that she had changed her last name from Wadland to Walker. He said the Walkers had paid their July rent.

“They were very good tenants,” he said. “They had a tendency to stay to themselves. We knew them on a business level, but we weren’t strangers to them.”

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