Madisonville Police: Couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

Madisonville Police: Couple dies in apparent murder-suicide
Published: Mar. 27, 2023 at 11:37 AM CDT
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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - Madisonville Police say a man shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

They say Donald and Jayne Hundley were found Thursday night in their home on Echo Lane.

Police say they were discovered by a family friend who hadn’t heard from them in a long time.

Officials say Jayne was shot twice, and Donald was shot once in the head.

[Click here for Jayne Hundley’s obituary]

Police believe financial problems were discovered by Jayne, which led to the shootings.

Olivia Adams is the daughter of Jayne, and knows just how important her mom was to so many others, herself included.

“It’s always been her and me, and now it’s not,” says Adams.

Adams says she and the rest of her family are focused on handling Jayne’s wishes right now, but that she wouldn’t have wanted them to sit around and mourn for her.

“She’d say, you know, cry a day and then get over it,” explains Adams, “so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Adams describes her mom as a pillar in the Madisonville Community.

“I couldn’t go anywhere with her in this town without everybody knowing who she was everywhere we were. I always joked with her that I couldn’t get through a lunch date with her for all of the people that had to stop and talk to her, or all the people she had to get up and go talk to,” says Adams.

A lifetime of hard work in business and banking preceded her, but Adams says Jayne’s accomplishments in her professional career paled in comparison to her favorite job.

“For those of us that were lucky enough to have her for as long as we have, I’m grateful for that,” says Adams, “but the most devastating thing to me is that our littles won’t get to have her like we did, because her favorite job was ‘Queenie.’”

Looking forward the family has yet to make any official dates or plans, but per her wishes, Adams plans to have her mom cremated and when they’re ready, have a big party.

“I want to do it when it’s warm. That’s all I know,” says Adams.

According to her obituary, donations can be made to the Humane Society and the Christian Food Bank.

At her request, there will be no funeral or formal service.