Source: South Bay Crimes & Courts – June 16, 2008

Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dave Coleman told me today that the killings at a McDonald’s restaurant in Carson on Sunday were indeed a murder-suicide. (He killed her and then shot himself.)

The victim was identified as Krystina Reed, 31. The shooter was Stephen Lee Meriwether, 37. The pair apparently lived in the Long Beach area, but previously knew each other in Arizona, where they had a relationship.

Something went bad between them. It became deadly Sunday, but detectives had not figured out what exactly they argued about or why they were in Carson. The restaurant in on Central Avenue on the Compton border.

One thing investigators learned was Reed was set to get married in a week to someone other than Meriwether. Detectives planned to talk to the intended spouse.

On Sunday, they argued about something. She ran into the McDonald’s to seek cover. He followed her to the back and committed the murder-suicide.

A story will appear in the Daily Breeze and

If anyone knows these folks and can shed some light on all of this, send me an email at [email protected].

Added: July 24, 2009

Source: Los Angeles Times

Authorities today are investigating a murder-suicide at a McDonald’s restaurant in Carson on Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

A man and a woman were found dead at the scene about 3:15 p.m. Sunday in the 17400 block of Central Avenue, near the 91 Freeway, Deputy Oscar Butao said.

Witnesses reported seeing the two arguing in a vehicle just before the woman got out and ran toward the restaurant yelling “He’s going to kill me,” KNBC-TV Channel 4 reported. The man then allegedly followed her into the fast-food restaurant, shot her, then turned the gun on himself, witnesses told the television station.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately known, Butao said. No names have been released and the relationship between the two was not disclosed.

Added: July 24, 2009