American Red Cross medical director, shoots dead his girlfriend, 35, their son, and the family dog just days before the boy’s first birthday in horrifying murder-suicide
Dr. John Lunetta, killed his 35-year-old girlfriend Karen Jackson, and their son John Jr. and the family dog before turning the gun on himself in their Las Vegas, NV home , Monday
John Jr. would have turned one on Wednesday –
Police say they had been recently called to the home for a custodial dispute
Neighbors saw a moving truck over the weekend and thought Jackson was moving out and said they heard he was controlling of his girlfriend
35-year-old Jackson had just passed her certification test to become a nurse practitioner just before she was killed
The fitness buff spent her time training in the gym and attending classed
Lunetta, 40, worked as the charity’s medical director for the Nevada region with a focus on their blood services.
Dr. John Lunetta holding his son, John Jr. who he murdered just two days shy of hir first birthday on Wednesday
The medical director of the American Red Cross killed his infant son, his girlfriend and their pet dog police in Nevada say.
The bodies of Dr. John Lunetta, 40, his girlfriend Karen Jackson, 35, and their son John Jr. who would have turned one-year-old Wednesday, and the family’s dog were discovered Monday night in their Las Vegas home.
Police say they were called recently to the home over a custodial argument, but not a physical one. Lunetta who worked as the medical director for the Nevada region with a focus on their blood services, owned a gun legally., police said.
He allegedly, fatally shot and killed his family before turning a gun on himself. .
[L-R] baby John. Jr., his mom Karen Jackson, and dad Dr. John Lunetta, all perished in the family tragedy. Their bodies and the family dog, were found Monday, police are calling it a murder suicide by Lunetta.
Relatives called police about 7.40pm Monday requesting a welfare check.
Neighbors said Lunetta had a reputation for having had many women over to the house before Jackson moved in about a year and a half ago.
They never saw the couple fight or argue and they never believed he was capable of murder, neighbors said.
The couple were rumored to be on the verge of splitting. Las Vegas police reported responding to a domestic call at the home recently, that Lunetta and Jackson shared over a custodial argument, but not a physical one
Karen Jackson holding son John Jr.
Gym shot: Fitness buff Jackson [left], spent her spare time between classes at the gym in Crossfit training
Air Force veteran John Lunetta, neighbors said had a fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in blood banking and transfusions and received a medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
He studied genetics at Washington University in St. Louis and in Alaska.
Mother-of-two karen Jackson had just passed a certification test to become a family nurse practitioner. Her SUV, still parked backward in front of the home, has a stack of nursing textbooks in the back seat next to a baby’s car seat.
Avid social media poster, Karen Jackson had passed a certification test to become a family nurse practitioner just before her death
Beaming with joy: Proud dad, John Lunetta at the birth of his son John Jr., exactly one year ago
Neighbors said they never saw the woman between her job and her nursing classes according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Police have said the woman’s 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship was not home when her family was killed and is now with other family members.
Officers say the bodies may have been inside the home for a day.
Dr. Lunetta and Karen Jackson shared this home in a quiet Las Vegas neighborhood until the tragic murder suicide Lunetta killed his family and their family dog before turning the gun on himself in their home
Police said the Jackson’s 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship was not home when her family was killed and is now with other family members.
Neighbors said they never saw the couple fight or argue, but rumors emerged after the bodies were discovered.
They heard Jackson’s daughter, said to be about 10 years old, had said Lunetta was controlling and that the couple argued a lot.
They saw a moving truck in front of the home over the weekend and wondered whether Jackson was leaving.
Lunetta, who purchased the home in 2013, Jackson moved in about a year and a half ago.