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February 10, 2009

Murder-suicide 911 tapes are released

A distraught girl calls police telling them her mother is lying on the floor bleeding and is not breathing. Minutes later, a call is received from Evans Drug about a man who shot himself in the head while in the store.

Those accounts from 911 tapes released Monday by Enid Police Department recount the dramatic moments following a murder-suicide Friday in Enid when Donald Lovely stabbed his wife, Sherry, multiple times, then committed suicide.

The 17-year-old daughter of Sherry Lovely called 911 at 2:41 p.m. Friday to report her mother lying on the floor of her home on North Washington.

“There’s a lot of blood and she’s not breathing, I need an ambulance and everything,” the girl is heard saying.

Because of a garbled connection, the 911 dispatcher had trouble determining the exact address in the 5200 block of north Washington. At one point, the girl is heard pleading, “The little kids will be home soon and they don’t need to see this.”

The girl told the dispatcher she works a full-time job and was asleep and awoke to hear her parents arguing. When she went in to check, her father was on top of her mother beating her. She tells the dispatcher, “I’ve got blood all over me.”

The girl also said it could have been a stabbing because there was a puddle of blood on the floor and she did not know where it was coming from.

After killing his wife, according to police reports, Donald Lovely went to Evans Drug, 1108 W. Willow — about four miles away — and he went to the sporting goods section. He asked to see a shotgun, and the clerk handed him a new unloaded shotgun. Lovely handed the shotgun back, saying he wanted to purchase it, according to police. After completing the paperwork, he told the clerk he needed ammunition for the gun and she pointed to a box of shotgun shells displayed at the end of the counter. Lovely retrieved a box and asked to look at the gun again. When the clerk handed it to him, he loaded the gun and shot himself in the head, according to police. Several other customers and employees were inside the store at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured, according to police.

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