Investigators rule deaths of Springfield couple as a murder-suicide

Springfield Police investigate after 2 people are found dead in their home, now deemed a murder-suicide.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 2:10 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 8:28 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Police ruled the deaths of a couple in Springfield as a murder-suicide.

Officers responded to the home in the 700 block of West Whiteside Street on the night of December 3 after receiving a 911 call. When officers arrived, they found Lavare W. D. Everett, 44, and Christina M. Lopez, 45, dead from gunshot wounds.

Police say Lavare Everett shot Lopez, then shot himself.

Police say in 2021, officers had been called to that address multiple times for domestic disturbances. Investigators knew Lavare Everett well. He pleaded guilty in Greene County to two counts of third-degree domestic assault in September. A St. Louis area judge granted an order of protection against Everett in 2000.

Cristina Lopez worked as a nurse with the elderly. Her landlord, Rex Lewis, said she will be missed.

“She was an excellent worker,” said Lewis. Did good work and was probably the best I’ve had over the last seven or eight years, taking care of my wife and our home.”

Another neighbor, Greg Roberts, says he would help Cristina from time to time and remembers she had been excited about the future.

“The day before this happened, my wife talked to her,” said Roberts. “She was out detailing her car and spent the last month, and a half doing new stuff to the house and cleaning stuff up and updating things and was excited about it, then that’s done.”

Detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

This incident marks the 17th homicide investigation for 2022.

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