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article imageTeen Florida couple kills police officer then commits suicide

By Scott Tuttle     Mar 30, 2014 in Crime
Windermere - Florida police have identified a young couple found dead near the body of a fallen police officer. Allegedly, the teen couple killed the officer then turned the gun on themselves.

Orange county police officer Robert German, 31, was found in Windermere, Fla. fatally wounded by a gunshot to the head Saturday. Police officers rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was instantly pronounced dead.
About a block away from where the police found German's body lay the bodies of Florida native Brandon Goode, 18, and his British girlfriend Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17, each with fatal gunshot wounds from the same gun that killed Officer German.
Reportedly, an Orange County deputy found German's body at around 4:00 a.m. and heard two gunshots just moments after. He called for backup, and at least five officers hurried to the scene.
Evidence suggests that the suicide was planned, but the shooting of Officer German was not.
The couple had been dating for some time before their parents banned them from seeing each other due to a drug arrest last month. Early letters the couple wrote to each other revealed a plan to run away together, but the final letters they each left behind for their families on Friday night appeared to be suicide notes.
Hollinghurst left behind three letters which included a scathing letter to her mother.
“I could write to you for days, but I know nothing would actually make a difference to you. You are much too ignorant and self concerned to even attempt to listen or understand, everyone knows that. ...If I had stayed another minute I would have painted the walls and stained the carpets with my blood, so you could clean it up. ... I wish I were never born.”
The two letters Hollinghurst left for her father and sister were more apologetic.
“Dad, I’m sorry I continue to dissapoint (sic) you. I’m sorry I’ve changed. I wish we could rewind. I love you to death but I just couldn’t do it anymore. Everyday became harder and harder. ...I’m really sorry., but I know you won’t believe me. I’m sorry.”
To her sister, she wrote:
“I need you to know that you’ve always been my favourite, my number one. You’re so much younger, but you’re a better person than me, you always have been. ...I hope you realise that you are ever so beautiful. I love you.”
It was Goode's letter to his parents that revealed the suicidal intentions.
“I love you both so much. I wish it didn’t have to come to this but because of my choices this is how it has to be. ...I love you with all my heart. Please don’t be sad, this is what I want now. I get to die peacefully with the woman of my dreams, my fiancé (yes we are engaged!) I miss you both so much already. I love you mom, I love you dad.”
According to a missing person's report, Goode and Hollinghurst each sneaked out of their homes in the early hours of the morning. It is believed that Officer German encountered the couple and questioned them as to why they were out so late. Afraid of being apprehended and brought back to their homes, the couple opened fire on German and ended their own lives moments after.
German had been with the force for five years, and was the first police officer to be killed in Windermere's town history.
"Officer German was a good cop," said Windermere Police Chief David Ogden. "He was one of the finest police officers we've had."
Burial services for Officer German are scheduled for 10 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Sanford.
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