Panama City Police say Tuesday night's double murder-suicide was the result of long-running domestic problems between one of the victims and her boyfriend.
Last year Angelina Brunson filed for a domestic violence injunction against Marco Bostwick, a little more than a week later, she dropped the request. Tuesday night Bostwick showed up to the house Brunson lived in with her aunt, Mary Richardson, and killed both of them before killing himself, all in front of their 7-year-old child.
Friends say the couple had argued for years over money, child custody and a number of other issues stemming from their difficult life together. Some may wonder if Brunson's decision to drop the injunction ultimately cost her her life. While there is no way to know for sure, authorities point out a piece of paper won't stop someone with violent intentions.
Services are available locally that may have helped Brunson, or someone in a similar situation. The Salvation Army's Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program has a shelter that victims can stay in and also offers counseling to those who may need it.
The program is also working with the State Attorney's Office to start a class for victims who are considering dropping injunctions against their violent partners. The class will offer resources to help them determine the best course of action they should take.