Sacto 9-1-1
September 19, 2012
Coroner: Man shot girlfriend, then self in Colonial Heights murder-suicide

By Kim Minugh

The man found dead in his Colonial Heights home last week appears to have fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Eugene K. Stevenson, 43, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest that authorities believe was self-inflicted, said Supervising Deputy Coroner Kim Gin. His girlfriend, Kassandra Atterberry, 41, died of multiple gunshot wounds, Gin said.

Last week, Sacramento police described the incident as a murder-suicide, but did not disclose the manner of death or who they believed was the assailant.

Stevenson and Atterberry were discovered in Stevenson's 15th Avenue home by a relative who had come to check on them after not hearing from them in a few days.

Atterberry's mother told The Bee last week that the theory that it was a murder-suicide seemed unbelievable to her family, who never saw the couple fight.

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