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Model mother, 45, 'killed her husband, two adult children and the family dog in their Michigan home before committing suicide after being shunned by the Jehovah's Witnesses'

Woman killed husband, 2 adult kids before killing herself

  • Police say Lauren Stuart, 45, shot and killed her husband Daniel, 47, and their children Steven, 27, and Bethany, 24, before turning the gun on herself
  • The bodies of the four family members were found inside their Keego Harbor, Michigan home Friday morning
  • Friends said the Stuarts had been shunned by the Jehovah's Witnesses after leaving the Christian sect five years ago 
  • The Stuarts reportedly wanted to sent their children to college, which is banned by the group

Police say a Michigan woman killed her husband and two adult children before turning the gun on herself last week.

The bodies of 45-year-old Lauren Stuart, her husband Daniel, 47, and their kids Steven, 27, and Bethany, 24, were found inside the family's Keego Harbor home Friday morning, after a concerned family member called police to conduct a welfare check. 

The family dog was also found dead in a bathtub. 

Police say Lauren Stuart, 45 (pictured), shot and killed her husband Daniel, 47, and their kids Steven, 27, and Bethany, 24, before turning the gun on herself

Police say Lauren Stuart, 45 (left and right), shot and killed her husband Daniel, 47, and their kids Steven, 27, and Bethany, 24, before turning the gun on herself

Since their deaths, friends revealed that the family left the Jehovah's Witnesses five years ago, and had been subsequently shunned by their former community.

The friends speculated that the isolation from the shunning may have been what caused Lauren to snap and kill her loved ones.   

Friend Joyce Taylor told the Detroit Free Press that the family left the church five yeas ago because they wanted to send their children to college, which is forbidden by the Christian sect. 

Daniel Stuart
Steven

Friends say the family struggled with being shunned by the Jehovah's Witnesses. The family left the Christian sect five years ago when they decided to let their kids go to college, which the group forbids. Daniel Stuart pictured on the left and his son Steven on the right 

When anyone leaves the church, current members are no longer allowed to interact with them, even the Stuart's family members still in the church.   

Taylor barged into a Jehovah's Witness meeting on Sunday in Union Lake and blamed them for the triple murder-suicide. 

In a video posted online, she is seen getting up on a chair to address the congregation.

'Excuse me everyone, my name is Joyce Taylor... Two days ago, four people died as a result of your shunning process,' Taylor said. 'Five years ago you people pulled your support from this small family, the only support they had was you people. You turned them away and you shunned them.'

The bodies of the four family members were found inside their Keego Harbor, Michigan home Friday morning, after a concerned family member called police

The bodies of the four family members were found inside their Keego Harbor, Michigan home Friday morning, after a concerned family member called police

As members tried to get her to step down, Taylor started yelling. 

'For what?! Because they wanted to raise their children as they saw fit,' she said. 

Police say they are aware of the claim that the family had issues with their former church, but they refused to comment on it. They said Lauren left behind a long suicide note, but would not comment on the details included in that either. 

Taylor said she had Lauren over for tea just a week before her death and nothing seemed unusual. Still, she thinks her friend may have been battling a personal problem that was probably exacerbated by her isolation.

Friend blames church who 'shunned family' before murder-suicide

Lauren was an aspiring model. She's pictured above in some of her modeling photos 

'She worshiped Danny. Danny worshiped her. They were like hand in glove. But she was very concerned about Dan. He was prone to depression and she was always worried about him,' Taylor said.

She added: 'She was in emotional distress... she felt alone. I was her lifeline.'

After leaving the church, Lauren got into modeling, and still has a modeling website up with professional pictures. She also worked as a personal-trainer and cleaned houses. 

Her husband on the other hand, worked as a data solutions architect at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor's Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care. 

Neighbors took part in a candlelight vigil for the family after learning about the triple murder-suicide

Neighbors took part in a candlelight vigil for the family after learning about the triple murder-suicide

Neighbors said the family were quiet and kept to themselves. They didn't see the dad often, but the mom was often seen working in the yard or remodeling the home

Neighbors said the family were quiet and kept to themselves. They didn't see the dad often, but the mom was often seen working in the yard or remodeling the home

He was reportedly working on technology that could predict heart attacks. 

'Dan was an extraordinarily talented individual and highly valued team member who was making very important contributions,' said Dr. Kevin Ward, the center's executive director. 'Despite his immense talent, he was very humble and was always excited that his contributions may one day help save lives. He will be sorely missed.' 

Neighbors say they rarely saw Dan, but that the kids and Lauren were around often. 

However, neighbor Jackie Tristani says the family were 'quiet' and mostly kept to themselves. 

'Because, you know, I think they were in Jehovah's Witness that they weren't - they didn't have a whole lot of friends around here,' Tristani told Fox 2 Detroit

Tristani's husband John says the first time they met Lauren, she tried to recruit them into the Jehovah's Witnesses. 

'I said we were Catholics and weren’t interested,' he told the Detroit News. 'She accepted the answer and it was the end of that.'

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 248-682-3030. 

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Comment by mr1stroke on March 3, 2018 at 10:25am
GospelPan again please let's make no excuse for others behavior, or the reality of evil, before joining an organization one must do it's research about it especially when it comes to the do's and dont's, that's why I left the Mosque by joining the Nation of Islam at early age you have to commit to your promise and the religion it self, if you read the about the religion it's like they promise to kill you if you degrade them, but it's all there, so before joining the Jehovah witness they knew what they were getting them self into, so I can't feel sorry for their decision, and after they left they knew what would happen, so why not go on live your life and make new friends, every one knows the meaning of friends if they cut you off they were never your friends, and since they are no longer part of that institution why not enrolled to college? people stay making poor decisions because they know there are so many who will feel sorry for them, start to ignore them and let them suffer the consequence when they do dumb s*** I bet they will think twice, no one wants to stand alone
Comment by GospelPan on March 3, 2018 at 8:58am
Actually, from what I've read Attending college is banned by Jehovah’s Witnesses. They are an extremely controlling organization , so I can see why depression set in after they left...all their friends in the organization will cut them off...it happened to me with a friend I grew up with, she cut me off because I refused to join...she wouldn't talk to me and treated me like a total stranger...some real cold hearted stuff.
Comment by mr1stroke on February 28, 2018 at 11:32am

Monte they did not mean kids as pupils, they mean kids as their kids, their children, they do state their ages, read again, the information is in the article, when you have children no matter their age they are your kids, unless you have another name we can call them, please share with us

Comment by Monte on February 28, 2018 at 9:29am

WOW!!!..Now i see why the Russian are hacking the dam election ppl believe every thing they read...Kids? they are over 21 duh? There are no bibical grounds to dis-fellowship her unless she/they, did something immoral and did it willing!! So i guess killing them is better than sending them to college. SMH 

Comment by Niesha D on February 27, 2018 at 9:04pm
Attending college is not banned by Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is not true...
Comment by Lyne on February 26, 2018 at 4:46pm
PEOPLE are faster at judging then they are at brushing their teeth and washing their ass...why would someone call them stupid. Every human being has their own reservoir of strength when it come to coping with this hateful world....a girl jumped in front of a train in 1997-Elizabeth, NJ because of the Jehovah's witnesses excommunicating her....people, watch how you talk about people cause it might get to your back yard.
Comment by caribmama on February 25, 2018 at 7:59pm

Don't blame the church. Blame her stupidity.

Comment by Harry Toddler on February 22, 2018 at 11:13am

base on this link we are still slaves , They ended the slave trade but not slavery , I have to laugh because even though it's right infront of us we can't see it wow  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/12/treasury-twee...

Comment by mr1stroke on February 21, 2018 at 3:38pm

i know many are mad at me for telling the truth, because many of us know its two things negros hate: their selve and the truth if you want to lie to a negro send a white person, but stand there and tell them the truth they will either get upset or laugh at it, sad negros

Comment by mr1stroke on February 21, 2018 at 3:36pm

yes but do they read why they are copy, do they even take pride of what they do, but than again if the many idiots glorify that and make them think they are doing a good job i guess they dont care, the sad part as much they are busy advertising this buulshit they have no admin or any one to monitor the site for proper maintenance how are you supposed to make change if you wont work hard to make a difference

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