Neighbors say early-morning shooting was a murder-suicide

CREATED Apr. 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - There were a lot of tears in a south side Milwaukee neighborhood Monday as police investigate two deaths. Neighbors say it was a murder-suicide, but police won’t confirm.

“If there’s a room full of stars, she’s the brightest one,” said Annemarie Bautch’s coworker, Lisa Davenport.

When Bautch didn’t show up for work, coworkers knew something was terribly wrong.

“I’m hurt, my heart is hurt. This happened because of a domestic violence relationship that’s been on and off,” Davenport said.

Police say neighbors heard a couple of gunshots, then went to see what happened. That’s when they found a woman dead in this van, and a man shot in the driveway.

Daniel Billing’s current girlfriend is at a loss for what happened.

“He said he was stressed, but I didn’t think he was this stressed,” said Marquita Boston.

In July Billings was charged, and pled guilty to battery and disorderly conduct. According to a criminal complaint, Billings admitted he punched his daughter, and hit her with a belt.

“He was a very good person, I don’t understand,” Boston said.

Bautch’s coworkers say she was a dedicated worker and loved her church.

“We’ve got to pull together, Anne would want us to stay in good spirits,” Davenport said.

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