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article imageFuneral for Texas mayor and daughter set, questions remain

By Eric S. Wyatt     Jul 16, 2010 in Crime
Coppell - As questions remain about this apparent murder-suicide, a joint funeral for both mother and daughter is planned for today, Friday, July 16th.
According to earlier reports, authorities have determined that Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters killed her 19-year old daughter, Corinne, then turned the gun on her self. Those who spoke to Peters in the days and weeks leading up to the incident found no warning signs in their interactions with the mayor, leaving the entire Coppell community stunned by the event.
The website of the Coppell municipal government states that a combined memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday at First United Methodist Church in Coppell. The combined memorial raises questions for some, as the friends, family, co-workers and the Coppell community wrestle with how to properly remember a family when one of the members appears to be a killer. Friends of the slain teenager had hoped the memorials would be conducted separately, according to a report. "We don't want to see our friend next to the person who put her in the place where we can no longer know her," one of Corinne's friends is quoted as saying.
Others say they cannot conceive of separate funerals for a mother and daughter who had been so closely bonded. Local reports paint a picture of a mother who was focused on the needs of her daughter, especially during the cancer battle of her husband, Corinne's father, two years earlier. One friend said, “I think Jayne basically got through that period better because she was so interested in being sure that Corinne got through it well,” The last conversation Peters had with her friend revolved around finding a place for Corinne to live near the University of Texas and taking the girl on a post-graduation celebration trip to New York.
What caused this seemingly loving and nurturing relationship to unravel in the most violent of ways is unclear. Some have speculated about depression and the inability to maintain an interior life that matches the seemingly perfect exterior Peters presented.
Another report indicates that city officials are looking into financial issues regarding the city-issued credit card that Peters carried and following up on information that the mayor's personal finances may have been jeopardized and a Dallas newspaper is reporting that the home where the shooting took place may have been up for foreclosure.
Regardless of the motivation, the actions of Peters have left countless friends, family and coworkers stunned and helpless.
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