Teenager finds estranged husband and wife shot to death inside League city home, police say

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Thursday, July 7, 2022
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The couple was estranged but still living at the same home in League City, police said. The teenager found the man and woman dead in the bedroom.

LEAGUE CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- A woman and her estranged husband are dead after an apparent murder-suicide incident in League City, police said.

Officers arrived at the shooting scene in the 4700 block of Eagle Cove Lane Tuesday just after 8 p.m. That's where they found the woman had been shot to death.

"A neighbor had called in and said some children had come in from across the street and said their father was bleeding, and he needed help," League City Police spokesperson John Griffith said.

The woman's husband was also found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

According to authorities, they were estranged but living in the same house.

"I don't have any information as to why this happened," Griffith said. "We didn't have any prior calls, and there wasn't a note or argument. Witnesses didn't say there was anything going on."

A teenager inside the home is the one who first found the victims dead in the bedroom, police said. The teen was not injured.

The relationship between the teen and adults is unclear.

Authorities identified the victims as Kent James and Julia James Dykin.

The family said Julia moved to the United States about 15 years ago. The Ukrainian native recently rescued her kids and parents days before the war started.

Over the past few months, Julia attended rallies showing support for Ukraine. She spoke to ABC13 months back about why she was protesting. "This is not just Ukraine war. This is war for the whole world," she said in March.

Her brother, Ivan Dykin, told us his sister had a passion to help others. "She was the best person in the world," Dykin said. "She was a very good person who tried to help anybody."

After helping others, and her kids, Dykin wishes he could've done the same for his sister as officers investigate what happened.

"If I knew it, I would say run away," Dykin said. "I would fly here and take her away if I knew this happened."

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with expenses.

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