Three people shot dead at Florida home

By Calvin Palmer

It was just like any other weekday morning for a Florida woman as she left for work today until she was confronted by her ex-boyfriend.

Robin Whitaker, 46, was shot and killed at her home in Deltona and moments later her husband, 48-year-old Charles Whitaker, was shot and mortally wounded.

Johnnie Burke, 51, then turned the gun on himself. He died later Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.

Neighbors on Otis Avenue said Burke had confronted his former girlfriend on several occasions. He lived just one block away.

Sheriff Ben Johnson of Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said police received a call about 6:30 a.m. reporting shots being fired at the Whitakers’ house.

Burke was facing charges related to marijuana, pills and firearms found in his home. His trial was scheduled for next month.

A friend of Burke, Theresa Casias DeBary, said he had been going with Robin Whitaker for several years before her marriage but was unable to explain today’s violent events.

[Based on a report by The Daytona Beach News-Journal.]

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