Sunday, October 22, 2000

Slaying-suicide follows breakup

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An attempt by a Dent woman to break off a long-term relationship led to her death and her boyfriend's suicide, leaving the couple's two children orphaned, police said.

        Elvina McDaniel, 24, and Daniel E. Orick, 29, both of 6820 Skies Edge Court, were killed Friday.

        Mr. Orick shot his girlfriend in front of her mother's house at about 5:40 p.m. in Montgomery County's Washington Township, near Dayton.

        Mr. Orick then walked to a sheriff's station and shot himself.

        “It's not known why she broke off the relationship,” said Montgomery Sheriff's Lt. Pat Matheny. “All we know is that they had split up and he was very upset about that.”

        It was not known how long the couple had been together.

        Lt. Matheny said no reason has been discovered as to why Mr. Orick went to the station after shooting Ms. McDaniel.

        When he arrived, he brandished a handgun and confronted a parking attendant, who then called deputies, police said.

        Mr. Orick shot himself when the officers arrived.

        The two children, a 2-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter, were inside their grandmother's home at the time of Ms. McDaniel's shooting.

        Lt. Matheny said they did not see the incident, and are in the custody of relatives.


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