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Family Seeks Answers In Bizarre Murder-Suicide

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The family of the man accused of killing his girlfriend before taking his own life said they're just as shocked as anyone.

Jesse Meece's family arrived at the Ilawood Drive home only a day after it was the center of a crime scene. Investigators believe Meece killed his girlfriend Beth Straub, hid her body in a trash can in the wall of a basement, before killing himself.

Family members said the couple seemed happy and now hope answers will bring them closure.

"We are shocked, and we are devastated," said Larry Meece, Jesse Meece's brother. "We don't know how to react right now, we're just still trying to process what's happened and extend our condolences to the community for the shock it is to them, but it's nothing like the shock to me and my family."

It's only day two since the gruesome discovery of 45-year-old Meece and Straub. Among those hurting the most are Straub's two sons.

"She was a really good woman, and she loved horses; she loved her kids," said Straub's 24-year-old son Davin Chace.

Davin Chace's enormous pain is grasped in a simple Facebook post that states:  "RIP mom... I pray for the strength to forgive the man that took you from me."  

"We all had some very patchy relationships but I just want to say that I love her, I pray for her, and I know that my brother does too and we just wish we had a chance to say that to her," said Chace.

Motive and cause of death are among the unanswered questions, and investigators fear may be lost in a house forever.

Service Source, where Jesse Meece worked, released this statement:  "We can confirm that Jesse (JC) Meece was a Service Source employee. We are saddened by the tragic circumstances involving this incident and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those affected.  At this point, we cannot comment further on this matter."

Straub's employer, NFI, released this statement regarding the incident:

"NFI extends our sincere condolences to Beth's family and friends. Our priority is to support her loved ones and our impacted employees during this difficult time."

The medical examiner's office is still trying to determine the cause of death.


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