The men who died in a reported murder-suicide have been identified by Park Hills Police.

According to Park Hills Police, an altercation began inside a residence on Rivermines Street in Park Hills about 2 a.m. Once outside, Joseph Lee Gillam, 22, of Park Hills, shot Billy Jo Edwards, 30, of rural Park Hills, before turning the gun on himself.

Police say they were initially dispatched to a domestic disturbance. While responding, officers were advised that there was a firearm involved and shots had been fired.

Gillam was found in the driveway. Edwards was found near a parked SUV in the driveway. Witnesses told police an altercation had occurred between Gillam and Edwards inside the residence and then moved outside.

Autopsies were being performed Monday.

Each of the two men were veterans.

Edwards served in the United States Marine Corp. At the time of his death, he worked for Union Pacific Railroad.

Visitation for Edwards will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bryson Funeral Home in Pilot Knob. Visitation will continue from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rainey Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter with the funeral at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will be at the Stars and Stripes National Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Gillam was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a Farmington Correctional Center corrections officer. Funeral arrangements are pending with Taylor Funeral Home in Farmington.

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This is really sad!! I feel for the families of the 2 men that were found dead by police. The young woman who witnessed this must be devistated (or however you spell it) as well!! RIP!!


kinda odd when investigated no gun powder residue on the hand of the peson who witness said did the shooting, other odd issue the witness was involved with park hills police officer, the same officer that was at the scene of the crime that he was off duty, but while off duty he took the witness statement in his personal car and same officer witness was involved with had his weapon with him makes you question things, motive means and opportunity, after all she would get benefits if the father to her youngest child died, and what better way to cover up a about a BLACK WIDOW

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