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Jason Stephens (L) and Erin Nicole Cully (R)
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Police: Estranged boyfriend shoots, kills woman before he turns gun on himself

Couple leave behind two young children

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MORNING VIEW, Ky. -- A mother of two and her estranged boyfriend are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Morning View, Kentucky.

Officers found the bodies of Erin Nicole Cully, 26, of Morning View, and Jason Stephens, 28, of Independence, at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 2000 block of Cruise Creek Road after Stephens' father called police to check on the two when he couldn't get in contact with his son. His relatives said they noticed he wasn't home and that his firearm was missing.

Investigators say they believe Stephens shot Cully with a handgun before shooting himself.

earlier photo of Jason Stephens and Erin Cully

"She's just one of those people you instantly like," said Cully's former boss, Brian Zai.

Cully was working full-time and attending Gateway College so she could provide for her two children, both under the age of 5. 

"Just hard to believe she was just here Saturday. She worked Saturday and now she's gone. It's just tragic," Zai said of her death.

Police say Cully had never filed a police report against Stephens and he does not have a criminal past, but they are looking into whether any domestic violence was noted to friends and family, just not reported to police.

The couple leaves behind two young children who police say were not home when the shooting occurred. The children are now staying with family.

Stephens lived in the home with Cully and their kids until about a year ago. No word on why he moved out.

The Kenton County Police Department’s investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Andrew Schierberg with the Kenton County Police Department at (859) 392-1953.

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