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HPD: Couple who died in murder-suicide at Marriott Marquis identified

The 27-year-woman shot to death has been identified as Jenna Soderberg and the man who killed her was 39-year-old Sherrick Byrd.

HOUSTON — Police have learned more about the man and woman involved in a murder-suicide in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston late Tuesday afternoon.

A medical examiner has identified the 27-year-woman killed in the murder-suicide as Jenna Soderberg. The man who shot Soderberg then turned the gun on himself has been identified as 39-year-old Sherrick Byrd. 

Houston police said Wednesday the two were "in a dating relationship."

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said Byrd shot Soderberg, and then shot himself inside the hotel at 1777 Walker Street late Tuesday afternoon.

There were other people in the lobby at the time, but no one else was hurt.

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Chief Finner said the couple arrived in separate vehicles and both had luggage when they walked in together. He said they were having a conversation just before the shooting.

Witnesses told investigators they heard gunshots and then saw the man shoot himself. Both died at the scene and the murder weapon was recovered.

The names won't be released until family members are notified.


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