‘I love you beautiful and I’m so grateful for our little tribe’ – Zach Starr to his wife Mikki
Mikki Starr, 27, and husband Zachary, 29, both were found dead at home in Lima, Ohio Aug. 16, in suspected murder-suicide, police said
‘You are so beautiful baby’, Zach wrote in one, to which Mikki replied ‘love you’ – Surprisingly the couple were exchanging love notes posts with each-other online, recently
Police said the husband was sending his wife adoring messages weeks before shooting her dead and killing himself
Responding a call for a welfare check on the home police found a tragic scene in which they believe Zach Starr shot his wife Mikki before turning the weapon on himself
The couple who first met in May 2012 and married June, 2017, had a son, 7, and an 18-month-old daughter
A Young couples found dead at their Ohio home in a suspected murder-suicide in September, were sending adoring messages to each-other just weeks before their tragic deaths, police said.
Zachary Starr, 29, and 27-year-old Mikki who had young two children, were found dead at their family home in the town of Lima on August 16.
Police say they were called by relatives who noticed ‘alarming’ posts on Zachary’s social media, and believe he shot Mikki before turning the weapon on himself.
In shocking contrast, posts on the couple’s Facebook accounts – where the pair showered each other with compliments and loving messages as recently as seven weeks before being found dead – paint a very different picture.
Zachary told his wife that he was ‘grateful for our little tribe’ just three months before police suspect he shot both of them dead
One such exchange was visible underneath Mikki’s profile picture, which she changed on July 26 to show a picture of the two arm-in-arm in front of a lake.
‘Damn, you are so beautiful baby!!!!’ Zach wrote alongside a flurry of love-heart emojis, beating Mikki’s best friend to get the first comment.
‘I love you so much!’ she replied, before he responded: ‘I love you so much babe!’
The couple also ‘liked’ each-other’s responses with a love heart.
A month before those posts, on June 21, Zach had uploaded an image to his page of Mikki and their son playing on swings in a yard while he stood nearby.
Mikki responded by posting ‘I love you’ along with love-hearts, to which he responded: ‘I love you beautiful and I’m so grateful for our little tribe!!!!’
Again, the couple had ‘liked’ each-other’s posts with additional hearts.
Police are still investigating the deaths, and have yet given a motive for the shooting, or disclosed contents of the ‘alarming’ social media posts.
However, detectives have said that a preliminary investigation has concluded the deaths were the result of murder-suicide.
Investigators said, they ‘had information from family members that there were some social media messages that gave [us], the indication that’s what we’re probably looking at right now.’
Further social media posts revealed that Mikki went to high school in the small town of Elida, six miles outside of Lima, and had then attended Rhodes State College, on the other side of town.
She graduated from there in 2019 and went to work as an endoscopy technician at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, also in Lima.
Zachary’s Facebook page claims the two met in 2012, when they would have been aged 21 and 19, and married on June 24, 2017.
They couple leave behind their son Ryker, 7, and a 18-month-old daughter Ryah.
Officers were called to the home by family members who noticed ‘alarming’ posts on Zachary’s social media pages.
Both bodies were sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for autopsies.
Mikki’s funeral is on Wednesday from 1pm at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. The burial will follow at Pike Run Cemetery.