Friends of murder-suicide victims react - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Friends of murder-suicide victims react

Posted: Updated:
Lashontay Lewis, 33 (Source: Facebook) Lashontay Lewis, 33 (Source: Facebook)
  • KSLA News 12 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Shreveport woman launches campaign for Caddo school board

    Shreveport woman launches campaign for Caddo school board

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:14:50 GMT
    A Shreveport resident known for her work in the local communication industry has tossed her hat into the Caddo Parish education ring, launching a campaign for a seat on the parish's school board.More >>
    A Shreveport resident known for her work in the local communication industry has tossed her hat into the Caddo Parish education ring, launching a campaign for a seat on the parish's school board.More >>
  • Car collides with parking garage wall in downtown Shreveport

    Car collides with parking garage wall in downtown Shreveport

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:36:55 GMT
    The driver of this black Toyota had a medical emergency while at the wheel Thursday evening, causing the car to crash into a parking lot wall in downtown Shreveport.The driver of this black Toyota had a medical emergency while at the wheel Thursday evening, causing the car to crash into a parking lot wall in downtown Shreveport.
    A car collided with a building in downtown Shreveport Thursday night, sending the driver to a local hospital.More >>
    A car collided with a building in downtown Shreveport Thursday night, sending the driver to a local hospital.More >>
  • BREAKING

    Judge denies restraining order preventing SPD detective's transfer

    Judge denies restraining order preventing SPD detective's transfer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:00:44 GMT
    Shreveport Police Chief Willis Shaw left Caddo District Court Thursday morning with the freedom to remove Det. Rodney Demery from the department's homicide unit.Shreveport Police Chief Willis Shaw left Caddo District Court Thursday morning with the freedom to remove Det. Rodney Demery from the department's homicide unit.
    A Caddo District judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the transfer of a Shreveport homicide detective out of the unit and his removal from the investigation into the Fire Station 8 scandal.More >>
    A Caddo District judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the transfer of a Shreveport homicide detective out of the unit and his removal from the investigation into the Fire Station 8 scandal.More >>
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Police have identified a man and woman that were killed in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday afternoon at a Bossier City hair salon.

Bossier City police spokesperson Mark Natale says 43-year-old Lavance Williams, of Minden, went into Textures and Tones, a hair salon in the 1600 block of Airline Drive and shot his estranged wife, 33-year-old Lashontay Lewis, also of Minden.

Lewis operated a tax service that was inside the salon.

Natale says there were five other people inside the salon when the shooting began about 4:20 p.m. None of the other five people, including the couple's 11-year-old child, were injured.

Based on evidence at the scene and statements from witnesses, it appears Williams shot Lewis during an argument and then shot himself. Police are still investigating.

Natale says there isn't any record of prior incidents involving the couple.


Close friends of the couple were shocked, and say Lashontay Lewis and Lavance Williams had been together since high school, and that their relationship showed no outward appearance of domestic problems.

Lashontay, or Jimese as she's known by friends is from Minden Louisiana and described as having a very outgoing and bubbly personality. Lavance is described as a more reserved and quiet person. Both reportedly had a very strong Christian faith.

Friends say Jimese grew up on Edna Street in Mansfield, where her family members still live.

"Oh, Jimese was loving. Her personality was big. Every time you seen her she had a smile on her face," said Katina Sowls, a longtime friend and neighbor of the Lewis family.

Sowls says she grew up on the same street Jimese grew up on, and says she would have never anticipated such a violent end to both of their lives. She says she knew Lavance very well too.

"Lavance was a quiet person, he was loving," said Sowls.

Other friends from the neighborhood said the couple was not estranged, as police described them. In fact one friend, who did not want to be identified, said that the two were together for nearly 20 years, and showed no signs of having any problems.

  

Copyright 2013 KSLA. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow