Man who shot his wife in front of their children in busy park found dead after manhunt in Florida
- Paris, 54, died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
- He had been on the run since Wednesday from the murder of his wife in Florida
- His wife Liza, 34, called police just hours before her death
- The couple had divorced 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 killing his wife in front of their children has been found.
Julian Paris, 54, was wanted by police after he shot his wife Lisa Nicole Adderley, 34, dead at Dr. Phillips Community Park in Orlando in the presence of their three children.
However, Orange County officers confirmed that Mr. Paris was found dead by relatives of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, next to his late son’s grave at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mr Paris had been on the run since May 7
investigators said he shot and killed 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, officers said.
He then shot and killed his wife in front of their shocked children who stood and are next to their mother 4, 13 and 15 years old.
According to eyewitnesses, 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 hat and a red T-shirt.
Shocked onlookers and the couple’s children were among the first to call 911 for emergency services to get help after the horror unfolded in the park.
Murder scene: Police were looking for a Florida man who brutally 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 brutal 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 horrible,” 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 Ms Adderly was killed.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the 34-year-old mother of three was pushed into a meeting Wednesday by Mr. Paris during a meeting at his job as an irrigation worker.
Ms Adderly was so distraught she went back to her car screaming for help, police say.
She was shot dead a few hours later.
Orange County Police launched a widespread 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 photo on the beach
Police line: 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 their 17-year-old son – who was their 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 divorce, but we don’t know why he took this extremely drastic measure.
“We got the call around 7:25 PM [from] family calling to say they’d found Mr. Paris’s body at his son’s grave.’
The tragic couple married in 1998, when she was 18 and her husband 38.
Officers are still looking for the deceased man’s car.
Adrianna Adderlini, 23, a relative by marriage told The Orlando Sentinel: “This is very surprising because they’ve been so good after their son’s death — just keeping their family strong.”
The couple is survived by their three surviving children.