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Coppell mayor killed daughter before taking her own life, medical examiner says

The death of the daughter of the Coppell mayor was ruled a homicide while the mayor killed herself, the Dallas County medical examiner's office determined Wednesday afternoon.

The two were found shot to death in their Coppell home Tuesday evening, a city official said Wednesday.

Corinne Peters, 19, died from a gunshot wound to the neck that entered her head, according to the medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, died from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's office ruled. Her death was ruled a suicide.

Coppell police went to the mayor's home in the 700 block of Greenway Drive about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on a welfare check at the request of City Manager Clay Phillips after Peters failed to show up for a regular council meeting, city spokeswoman Sharon Logan said.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home, officials said.

"This is a tremendous loss for the City, the community and the region," Phillips said in a news release.

Jayne Peters was elected mayor last year after serving on the city council since 1998.

Donald Peters, 58, her husband, died in January 2008 of cancer.

Corinne Peters was a 2010 graduate of Coppell High School.

"I'm just overwhelmed by the numbers of letters and emails that we received filled with love and support," said Mayor Pro Tem Bob Mahalik. "It really makes me feel good to look at the number of people who are willing to help.

"I wished she would have reached out. If she could have seen today the amount and outpouring of love, I would like to think that we could have helped her with whatever she was going through."

(Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.)

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