A man who shot his wife in front of their children in a crowded park has been found dead after a Florida manhunt
- Mr Paris, 54, died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
- He had been on the run since Wednesday for killing his wife in Florida
- His wife Liza, 34, called police hours before she died
- The couple had been separated for a month before the murder
Dead: Police were looking for Julian Paris, 54, who allegedly shot and killed his wife in a crowded Florida park
The body of a man wanted by Florida police for allegedly murdering his wife in front of their children has been found.
Julian Paris, 54, was wanted by police after he recklessly shot his wife Liza Nicole Adderley, 34, dead at dr Phillips Community Park in Orlando in front of their three children.
However, Orange County officials confirmed that Mr Paris had been found dead by family members with a self-inflicted gunshot wound next to his late son’s grave in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mr Paris had been on the run since May 7th
Investigators said he fatally shot his wife at 4:20 p.m. in broad daylight.
Ms Adderly had taken her three children to a playdate with another family when Paris showed up, officials said.
Then he shot his wife in front of their shocked children who stood and are next to their mother aged four, 13 and 15.
Eyewitnesses said the suspect fled the park in a white Kia Spectra compact hatchback with Florida license plates K259IV.
The couple’s three children watched as their father sped away from the parking lot According to a witness, he was wearing a red fedora and a red T-shirt.
Shocked onlookers and the couple’s children were among the first to call 911 for help after the horror at the park.
Crime scene: Police were looking for a Florida man who brazenly shot and killed his wife in a crowded Orlando park, but he was later found dead
Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson said, “It shows how audacious he was to come here in broad daylight and shoot this woman in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses, including juveniles.”
“I think it says a lot about the person and the crime itself. It’s disgusting,’ he added.
Mr Paris had several aliases, but his first name was Rick Adderly, according to his family.
The couple had a history of domestic violence and officers were called to an incident between the couple two hours before Mrs Adderly died.
On Wednesday, the 34-year-old mother of three was pushed by Mr. Paris during a meeting at his job as an irrigation worker, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Ms Adderly was so distraught that she went back to her car and yelled for help, police officers say.
She was shot dead a few hours later.
Orange County police launched a full-scale manhunt for the 54-year-old, but his daughter found him dead at 7:20 p.m. on May 8.
Investigators are still trying to figure out why he killed himself.
In happier times: Rick Adderly (aka Julian Paris), his wife Liza Nicole Adderly and their children pose together in a group shot on the beach
Police chain: Julian Paris, 54, had fled the park in a white Kia Spectra, watched by his three children
After more than 16 years of marriage, the couple separated a month before the murder.
Relatives said the grave where Mr Paris was found dead belonged to her 17-year-old son – who was her eldest – but had been hit by a car and killed in January 2012.
Jane Watrel of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘You all know he went through a breakup, but we don’t know why he took this extremely drastic action.
“We got the call around 7:25 p.m [from] Family who called and said they found Mr Paris’ body at his son’s grave.
The tragic couple married in 1998 when she was 18 and her husband was 38.
Police are still looking for the deceased’s car.
Adrianna Adderlini, 23, related by marriage said The Orlando Sentinel: “It’s very surprising because they’ve been so good after their son’s death — they’ve just kept their family strong.”
The couple leaves behind their three surviving children.