Cause of death released in Colonial Heights murder-suicide

Cause of death released in Colonial Heights murder-suicide
Bodies were found at a home on Floral Avenue (Source: NBC12)

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - On Wednesday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released the cause of death for Steven and Elizabeth Rogers, the couple found dead in their Colonial Heights home Tuesday when authorities came to serve them an eviction notice.

The medical examiner said Steven Rogers died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His wife Elizabeth also died from a gunshot wound to the head, which the medical examiner determined to be evidence of homicide.

"I have two young children at home and seen the whole place roped out," said neighbor, Jason Creech.
Creech lives just a block away from the scene of a murder suicide on Floral Avenue. He recently moved in and spent time finding a safe place for his family. 
"We researched a lot of areas and this was the quietest area we could find. It's really a nice area," said Creech.
But that nice area quickly turned into a crime scene, flooded with police Tuesday morning after the Rogers were found dead. 
"To go there and find that there were two people inside deceased that was just horrifying," said Sheila Bynum-Coleman of R H Coleman Enterprises, who was just about to serve an eviction notice.

"This the first time that I've arrived at a property and there were two people that were deceased," said Bynum-Coleman.
Police say there didn't appear to be forced entry and when they went inside, they found the bodies and a weapon. Police haven't revealed what type of weapon. The scene became too much for Colonial Heights police to handle on their own. State police were also called in. The bodies were taken to the chief medical examiner's office in Richmond.

What the problems were between the two or what led up to this tragedy are still unknown. It's an incident that Creech says has him thinking twice about his new neighborhood.
"It's going to make me look around a lot more now," said Creech.

An autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond.

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