Doc in murder-suicide had issues with drugs
BATON ROUGE- Deputies discovered a two women shot dead along with a dog in a murder-suicide Monday afternoon.
Eula Diamond, 84, was found dead with her daughter, Dr. Karen Diamond, 47, inside a house in an upscale, south Baton Rouge neighborhood about 2:00 p.m. Deputies found the bodies when they were asked to do a welfare check by a friend of one of the two women.
Investigators said Dr. Diamond shot and killed her mother and the dog before turning the gun on herself. The shooting happened sometime between Saturday evening and Monday afternoon.
Yellow police tape surrounded much of the street at 7812 Willow Grove Boulevard as investigators collected evidence.
Dr. Diamond had been practicing at Baton Rouge General until she left in July. "Our hearts go out to the Diamond family and their friends," a hospital spokesperson told WBRZ News 2.
Before joining the staff at BRG, Diamond worked in New York. WBRZ News 2 uncovered documents indicating Diamond had an addiction to drugs and was suspended for a time because of it. She received treatment, according to records from a New York state medical board.
The mother and daughter lived at the house with a third person. Neighbors believe it was either a family member or caregiver and said the family kept to themselves.
"We're out every evening with two small children and we've never seen the owner," a neighbor said.
Investigators will attempt to focus on why Diamond killed her mother.
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