A Springfield couple found dead Friday died of gunshot wounds, according to city police. Investigators believe Rudolph Fajardo shot his wife and turned the gun on himself.
In a news release, Springfield police said Rudolph and Stephanie Fajardo died of gunshot wounds, according to preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Saturday. Police were called to their home in the 2100 block of East Norshire just after 5:30 Friday morning, where they found the two dead in a bedroom.
Police said one of the couple's four children, age 7, made the initial 911 call. Officers found that child and the three others, ages 6, 3 and 1, inside the home unhurt.
According to police, evidence from the crime scene and the investigation indicate that Rudolph Fajardo, who worked as a physician with CoxHealth, shot and killed his wife Stephanie, then shot himself. Police say no other suspects are being sought and that they don't believe there is any danger to the community.
As word of the couple's death spread of social media sites, people posted comments commending the doctor, who goes by Rudy, about his love for his job and his family. Stephanie also received praise for her beautiful personality and sympathetic soul.
On the outside, neighbors said the family looked happy. The doctor was a pediatrician who also worked was active in his kids' social lives. His wife was going to school for nursing, she loved to write, and was involved with the PTA. The kids played sports or were in other community related activities such as Girl Scouts.
The couple maintained a fitness blog which chronicled Stephanie's 130-pound weight loss. Their site, known as Fajardo Family Fitness, has a tag line "fitness is a family thing." Both Stephanie and Rudy served as "coaches" on the site and would post motivational material or workouts.
In a statement, CoxHealth said, "Dr. Rudolph Fajardo had been employed as a hospitalist at CoxHealth since July 2008. We are greatly saddened by Friday's tragic events, and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families affected. During his time here, Dr. Fajardo was a respected physician. This is a tragic loss for the CoxHealth family. We are activating our Critical Incident Stress Management team to support those who worked with and knew Dr. Fajardo. Out of respect for the families involved and the legal process, we defer to the authorities for further details."
Monday, Springfield police wouldn't release a motive. A spokeswoman said the investigation is ongoing.
Friends of the couple said family who came in from out of town is caring for the children. Grief counselors are also on hand at Walt Disney Elementary where the two oldest children attended class.
Days after the deaths, leaves fell from the sky onto the empty house. From the outside, the house didn't look different from the others on the block. Yet, neighbors walking by could help but stare into the yard, and think about what could have driven a doctor to kill.