‘I will face my death with a smile’, wrote Texas Professor who shot dead his ‘disrespectful’ wife, also set their house on fire to cover up the murder-suidide
Police in Rockwall, Texas, say Dr Hyun ‘Harry’ Seop Lee, 42, killed his wife, professor Yoon Duk ‘Debbie’ Kim, 39, torched their house and then shot himself
Next then killed himself while their daughter, five, was asleep in a car in the driveway
First responders found the couple’s daughter unharmed inside a car parked in their driveway
Police found a Facebook post on Lee’s account, which included his suicide note and a list of gripes against his wife written in Korean
Lee claimed 30-year-old Kim omplainedhad been ‘disrespectful’ to him and his parents, would not consult him on major life family decisions
Both Lee and Kim emigrated from South Korea more than a decade ago and worked as engineering professors
Dr Hyun ‘Harry’ Seop Lee [left], killed his wife, professor Yoon Duk ‘Debbie’ Kim [right], and then himself. Their five-year-old daughter [center], was present at the time, but unharmed – Police
Police in Rockwall, an upscale Dallas surburb believe college professor Hyun ‘Harry’ Seop Lee, shot dead his wife, who is also a college professor, for being ‘disrespectful.’
The then set their house on fire and turned the gun on himself in a suspected murder-suicide.
Police in Texas say Dr Hyun ‘Harry’ Seop Lee, 42, killed his wife, professor Yoon Duk ‘Debbie’ Kim, 39, and then himself, leaving their five-year-old daughter, as the sole family survivor.
First responders arrived on the scene just before 5am on Monday to find the couple’s five-year-old girl who was known to live at the home asleep in a car parked in the driveway.
The child was unharmed but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. She has since been released into the custody of Child Protective Services because she has no other relatives in the US.
Firefighters who entered the burning residence found the parents dead inside. The man was identified as Hyun Lee. His wife has been identified as Yoon Duk’ Kim.
It is believed Dr Lee set fire to his family home in the Dallas suburb of Rockwall [photo], before taking his own life on Monday night
The Rockwall Police Department, told Dallas News it was unclear whether one of the parents put the child in the car for her protection, or whether she somehow climbed inside herself.
According to investigators, sometime before the murder-suicide, Lee posted a message on what is believed to be his Facebook account, which included a
suicide note and a list of gripes against this wife.
Writing in Korean, Lee lamented that Kim had been ‘a disrespectful wife.’
‘I’m so sick and tired of her making important life decisions without talking with me,’ he reportedly wrote.
‘All my suggestions are ignored.’
The couple’s daughter was found unharmed and sleeping in a car parked in the driveway of the burning home -Cops are wondering how she got into the car
The husband complained that his wife had not treated his parents well and called him paranoid for suspecting that she had been unfaithful to him.
‘I will face my death with a smile. Goodbye,’ Lee concluded his final note.
Lee had taught engineering at Grambling State University in Louisiana since August 2016.
Lee (left) had taught engineering at Grambling State University in Louisiana since August 2016. Kim [right] was an assistant professor of engineering at Texas A&M University-Commerce
After moving to the US in 2005, Lee earned his PhD in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013.
Kim was an assistant professor of engineering at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she had taught construction engineering for three years.
Like her husband, Kim had degrees from Hayung University and was a postdoctoral fellow at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.
Rockwall police said they have no history of prior calls to the family’s residence in the wealthy Dallas suburb
Responding to the A&M-Commerce president Ray Keck issued a statement Monday addressing the death of the female professor, whom he described as one of his ‘stars.’
‘This tragedy knocks us to our knees, an occurrence more appropriate to the Greek classics than to Rockwall-Commerce,’ he wrote.
Kim’s colleagues described her as outgoing, smart and very popular among students and staff.
Rockwall police said they have no history of prior calls to the family’s residence, which they bought in March 2016 for just under $300,000, reported NBC DFW.
A GoFundMe account has been launched to provide assistance to Lee and Kim’s orphaned daughter.