4 Family Members in Michigan Killed in Murder-Suicide After Woman’s Protection Order Denied

James Xu
By James Xu
July 15, 2022USshare
4 Family Members in Michigan Killed in Murder-Suicide After Woman’s Protection Order Denied
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Early Sunday morning, four family members were found dead in a home in Roscommon County, Michigan, in what was an apparent murder-suicide, according to police and court documents.

The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department identified the deceased as Tirany Lee Savage, 35, her son Dayton Cowdrey, 13, her mother Kim Lynnette Ebright, 58, and Tirany’s husband, Bo Eugene Savage, 35.

In the early hours of Sunday, two unidentified people found the bodies when entering the home. They contacted the authorities around 3:30 a.m, according to the sheriff’s department’s release. Authorities say all four family members had gunshot wounds to the head.

Officials said in a Monday press release, “All subjects involved had known relationships, and the incident is being investigated as Murder/Suicide.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many friends and family who have been devastated by this loss.”

Weeks before the tragic incident, Tirany Savage filed for a personal protection order against her husband, Bo Eugene Savage, in Michigan’s 34th Circuit Court on June 24. She claimed to be concerned that he had recently purchased a firearm and repeatedly threatened to “blow his brains out.”

She stated her husband was having an affair. In the Personal Protection Order she wrote: “I asked him to be civil for a divorce and asked him to leave the house and he refuses. I left and have been getting texts accusing me of being with other people and he has now been texting my friends threatening them because he thinks they told me to leave him. He is slamming things around the house and calling me names, telling me he won’t leave and he wants money. He has mental health issues (he stopped taking his meds) and recently purchased a firearm and that is concerning to me. He keeps saying he is going to blow his brains out and I do not want my safety or my son’s safety in jeopardy.”

The personal protection order was denied by the judge, Troy Daniel, who wrote: “Insufficient evidence of a showing of immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage. Petitioner can request a restraining order in divorce court,” in the PPO document.

On July 7, Tirany filed for a divorce. She died three days later.

Bodies of the family were found three days later, roughly 115 miles north of Lansing. The shooter has not been confirmed by the sheriff’s office.