Couple found fatally shot in Arundel

August 16, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A 64-year-old former Baltimore police officer fatally shot his 46-year-old wife and then himself at the couple's Brooklyn Park home yesterday morning, Anne Arundel County police said.

Their 19-year-old daughter, who was in the home at the time, called 911 after she heard a gunshot and saw her father, Floyd Ray Lilly, with a .38-caliber Colt revolver, said county police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan.

The daughter and her fiance live at her parents' one-story Haile Avenue home near Brooklyn Park Middle School. Neither was injured, police said.

Police heard a gunshot as they arrived just after 9 a.m., Jordan said. When a special operations unit entered about 10:45 a.m., officers found Charlene Emma Lilly dead with gunshot wounds to her head and chest and her husband dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Jordan said. Both bodies were in the kitchen, he said.

A family that has known the Lillys for decades described the man everyone called "Ray" as an easygoing guy who was having trouble in his second marriage.

"I think he had had enough of her," said Dean Evans, 65, who lives nearby and said he met Ray Lilly when they were about 18 years old. He described his friend as "a neat freak" who smoked pipes and loved to work in his yard and walk his puppy.

But another neighbor, Dock Hershman, 71, who has lived behind the Lilly family on Camrose Avenue for about 40 years, described Ray Lilly as a gun lover with a bad temper.

"He didn't want to take no stuff from anybody," said Hershman.

Lilly joined the Baltimore police in August 1967 and retired in 1982. He had worked as a security guard since his retirement.

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