"Our time was cut short by an atrocious act. We had been married less than one week before she was taken away from me," the widower said
In a tragic turn of events, a newly married Minnesota woman was shot and killed by her ex-husband barely a week after the wedding. The woman, Lauri Deatherage, was found dead inside her Robbinsdale home on Friday after police conducted a welfare check.
According to Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the 48-year-old Air Force veteran died from a gunshot wound to the head. Lauri's widower Billy Deatherage spoke to the Star Tribune and said, "Our time was cut short by an atrocious act. We had been married less than one week before she was taken away from me." Police arrested her 64-year-old ex-husband, for her murder around 9 p.m. that evening after a 10-hour standoff. Billy told KSTP that her ex-husband attended their wedding and had spent time talking to him the day before their nuptials. "He and I sat out here the day prior with another friend of Lauri's and conversed for almost four hours," Billy recalled, according to PEOPLE.
Lauri and Billy married on June 13 which was also her birthday. Her joy was evident as she posted on Facebook, "Can't wait to see who shows up today!! Getting married on my birthday…(I'll never forget the anniversary!)". According to the Star Tribune, Billy first met Lauri 30 years ago at an Air Force Base in Grand Forks, N.D., and they rekindled their friendship four years ago. Lauri wanted to move to Arkansas to be with him. She described herself as an artist, author, graphic designer and photographer on Facebook. Talking about her, Billy explained that Lauri also designed costumes for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and had previously modelled and helped people who were struggling. "Lauri was loved by literally hundreds and hundreds of people and she touched so many lives in so many positive ways. She was a good soul," he told the Star Tribune, according to PEOPLE.