Live Oak police: Couple's deaths 'related to domestic violence'

Police awaiting autopsy results to confirm murder-suicide theory

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The deaths of a husband and wife, Colen and Esther Burke, found in their home in the 11600 block of Lone Shadow Trail, are the result of domestic violence, according to Live Oak police.

A police report issued Monday morning failed to give much more information than what police released at the scene Sunday evening.

It stated that officers were called to the home on Lone Shadow Trail for a report of two people who were found dead, and that police do not believe there is any risk to the public as a result.

Sgt. Anita Seamans, spokeswoman for Live Oak police, identified the deceased Sunday night as Colen Burke, 44, and his 40-year-old wife, Esther.

She said both had been shot in the head at some time before 5 p. m., and that it appeared Colen Burke was the shooter.

“But we have not made a final determination on that,” Seamans said. “This is still pending the final reports in the autopsy.”

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said the autopsies on both people were scheduled to be conducted at some time on Monday.

Until then, Seamans said, she would not be able to release any additional information.

“We’re still looking into what the mindset would’ve been and we’re still looking into some additional evidence that may ... give us a hint,” she said.

Neighbors, meanwhile, were also at a loss for what could have gone wrong.

"They always seemed like normal people, you know? I mean, it's just something out of the ordinary,” said one man, who declined to reveal his name.

“I’m kind of shocked, disillusioned, you know?,” the neighbor said. “It's real close to home."

This type of incident, neighbors said, is unusual for this community, and their city, in general.

In fact, police confirmed there haven’t been any other murder-suicide cases in Live Oak in recent memory.

The Burkes left behind a 13-year-old daughter, who was not home at the time of the deaths, police said.

A family friend said Esther Burke was also the mother of a 22-year-old daughter.

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