Sheriff: Woman found dead in Kent Co. home, suspect dies at hospital

Posted at 4:10 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 14:59:41-04

Gloria Launiere, undated courtesy photo.

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Kent County Sheriff says a 59-year-old mother was killed Monday at a home in Courtland Township, and her son, the suspect, died at the hospital.

Authorities say this was a stabbing, and believe it was a murder-suicide; there was no gunfire. Investigators say they've recovered the murder weapon: a knife from the home.

Sheriff Larry Stelma tells FOX 17 that deputies found Gloria Launiere dead inside the home on the 9200 block of 14 Mile Rd. NE. Deputies then found the suspect, 34-year-old David Applegate, in the home with a serious injury.

He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and died shortly after.

A third party called 911 at 2:24 p.m. asking deputies to make a well-being check at the home. Kent County deputies have blocked off the home.

Launiere and her husband-Applegate's step-father-lived at the home with Applegate, officials say. Launiere's husband was not at the home at the time of the stabbing.

Stelma says that there does not appear to be any threat to anyone else in the area of the home, and believes no one else was involved at this time.