Man Kills Wife, Then Shoots Himself In Devastating Murder-Suicide

Couple Leaves Behind Two Minor Children

Jamal Mickens lured his estranged wife, Irene Mickens into his apartment by claiming that their five-year-old daughter was terribly sick.

In an evil twist Mickens had taken the girl, along with the couple’s 7-year-old son, to his sister’s home in McDonough earlier that day before returning home to meet his wife.

Jamal Mickens then shot his wife in the head before turning the gun on himself.

Sandy Springs police spokesman Steve Rose said, that the shooting occured sometime between 6pm Tuesday and 9am Wednesday.

The Mickens children.

The AJC details the couple’s estranged relationship:

Irene Mickens was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband in March 2009 after filing a family violence complaint. It was dismissed a month later.

That same month, April 2009, she filed for divorce but changed her mind soon after.



Irene Mickens



“This is what I feared,” Irene Mickens’ sister, Katherine Stone-Crosby, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think he felt at wit’s end.”

My condolences to the family.

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