Police investigating deadly double shooting in Smyrna
by Geoff Folsom
October 26, 2012 12:00 AM | 17611 views | 17 17 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — Residents of a Smyrna townhouse neighborhood were in shock Thursday after learning of the double shooting deaths of a couple who lived on their street.

Smyrna Police said William Whitaker, 44, and his wife, Lynn Whitaker, 48, were found dead by their 25-year-old son around 10 p.m. Wednesday at their town house in the 1700 block of Cumberland Valley Drive, off Spring Road.

“The preliminary investigation revealed this is the result of a domestic dispute,” Officer Michael Smith said in a news release. “There is no danger to the community.”

Neighbors said the Whitakers were both postal workers.

“They were good people,” Melvin Drake said. “What happened last night — I have no idea.”

Janice Sowe said Wednesday seemed like a typical quiet day in the neighborhood, which is made of several clusters of townhouses. She said William Whitaker was always willing to help neighbors out with their cars.

“No one would have anything bad to say about them, because they were the type of couple that would do anything for a stranger,” Sowe said.

She said it will take time for the neighborhood to heal.

“Everybody is in disbelief right now,” Sowe said. “The whole neighborhood is very sad, and we can’t believe something like that would happen to a lovely couple. They’ve been together for a whole lot of years.”

Smith said Thursday afternoon that police had no more information to release because they hadn’t heard back from the Cobb Medical Examiner’s Office, which performed an autopsy Thursday morning.

The homicide is being investigated by the Smyrna Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division, Smith said.

Tax records show Lynn Whitaker owned the home.
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Pam J
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November 04, 2012
Does anyone know which post office they worked at?
Ms. Friendly
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November 07, 2012
Lynn worked at the Doraville Post Office and William worked out of the North Metro transportation department.
Mitt Romney
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November 02, 2012
Its a shame with all these comments. The only people who know what happen are not here to tell their stories. This is tragic and out of character for both i'm sure. I myself new her husband for over 30 yrs and this is out of his character. I have never known him to be a violent man. People call him what you want but I haven't seen one document to say he did the shooting or she did it. This is their affair and they ended it. The boys are who I feel sorry for. At the end of the day they have to suffer the rest of their lives with this horrible incident. Lynn an William don't. None of us have the facts so lets stop with the speculating, but what we can do is learn from this mess and get our houses in order! Start loving one another and stop the domestic violence.
NAHNA
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November 02, 2012
LITTLE IN STATURE BUT YOU HAD A HEART OF GOLD LYNN, YOUR FAMILY IN NEW JERSEY MISSES YOU SO VERY MUCH. WE TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT YOU WILL BE OUR PERSONAL ANGEL, CONTINUE TO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.

NAHNA
NAHNA
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November 02, 2012
Lynn, you will be remembered for an eternity. To anyone you've ever come in contact with, whether it was at the post office, your neighbors, or just family and friends you touched so many lives in so many ways. You will forever live on in my heart and my memories. I love you always.

Nahna
NAHNA
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November 01, 2012
Lynn to say that you will be missed is surely an under statement. It brings a smile to my face when I replay our last conversation. We laughed and talked about seeing each other real soon. We played the "WHO LOVES YOU MORE GAME". Neither one of us would give in to the other so we just ended the call with laughter and lots of "I LOVE U". If that was meant to be our very last call, it couldn't have had a better ending. LOVE, LOVE ALWAYS:>:>:>:>
anonymous
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October 31, 2012
to anonymous and worriedaboutboys...can u please inform us of who or where your source of info came from....
Anonymous 2012
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October 31, 2012
Yes there is two young men involved but one seems to be in denial.. People do not need to speak upon an issue if your unsure of what you actually know. Love is love and I'm sure anxious for this bs show to be over.. Hurting for the oldest cause he knows....
anonymous
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November 01, 2012
At Anonymous 2012....well I am very, very involved as well....and your information you posted is so...so wrong and untrue..not sure if your just being mislead. I am a family member.
kaydunell
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October 28, 2012
He is a cold blooded murder.. Had no remorse for her family!! I hope he rotts in hell... He killed so she couldn't leave him... COWARD!!! Everyone needs to know..

anonymous
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November 07, 2012
I believe they had separated before and she took him back. The situation is awful. I am truly sorry for the lose of both. My heart goes out to Lynn's family because she is the victim here. Whatever "they" were going through is over now. He appeared to be a good person, but apparently he had some issues. You don't stay married to someone for as long as they were married and not "know" him. She should have left at the first sign that things were going sour.
meina11
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October 26, 2012
This did not happen to them. it happened to her. He murdered her then killed himself like the coward that he was...this article makes it sound like someone else did it....he wasn't the nice man he was perceived to be...

I love you & rest in peace cousin Lynn....
anonymous
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October 31, 2012
I think he had 2 bullet shot wounds in the "back" of his head. That doesn't seem like he did the shooting. He may have driven her to commit the awful murder, but I don't think he was the shooter!!!!!
worriedaboutboys
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October 31, 2012
Anonymous - you're wrong - she had two bullet wounds - gun found near him. Let's please be careful about what we adults say - there are two boys and two families involved.

anonymous
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November 02, 2012
people just need to keep their mouths closed esp when they don't know what went on! or what they're talking about open up your own closets before you start talking about the happenings in somebody elses home.
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