An Illinois man fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself on Friday night

By Caitlin Keating
Updated February 02, 2015 11:35 AM
Credit: Courtesy Amy Smith Blaise/Facebook

An Illinois couple died on Friday night in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities say, according to The Southern.

Amy Smith Blaise, 43, a middle school teacher from Marion, Illinois, died from a single gunshot wound to her head, and was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m. on Saturday by Coroner Michael “Junior” Burke, according to a news release obtained by the newspaper.

Her death was ruled as a homicide.

Her husband, Daniel Blaise, 42, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

The investigation indicated that Daniel fired multiple rounds inside the residence, before firing a round that shot his wife, according to KFVS.

One of the couple’s children was inside the residence during the incident, but was not physically injured.

Friends of Amy’s posted on her Facebook page after hearing about her death, showing their support and sadness over her passing.