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Police release names in murder-suicide

May 5, 2010
Crystal Nelson

The Michigan State Police Alpena Post have released the identities of the man and woman who died following a shooting at the Thunder Bay Apartments Tuesday afternoon.

Based upon preliminary investigation, police officials have determined that Rebecca K. Campbell, 24 of Pontiac, and Antonio D. Campbell, 23 of Flint were married but separated at the time due to marital issues. Rebecca Campbell has been identified as the victim and Antonio Campbell as the suspect in what the MSP Alpena Post is now calling a murder-suicide.

Trooper Tim Hoes said the investigation is still in its preliminary stages and is ongoing. MSP crime lab out of Grayling was called to the apartment complex and helped the Alpena post with the investigation

"In a serious situation such as a shooting or homicide we utilize the crime lab for their expertise," Hoes said.

The investigation reveaked Antonio Campbell resided in the Flint area while Rebecca Campbell had been staying with family in the Alpena area for approximately the last month. It appears prior to the shooting, Antonio Campbell drove to Alpena in a newly purchased car and parked next to his wife's car at the apartment complex.

Sometime later, she exited an apartment building with a family member and began walking to her vehicle. As she approached the driver's side of her vehicle, Antonio Campbell exited his vehicle and approached her, pushing the family member aside.

Witnesses said he then began questioning his wife about an undetermined issue, potentially a pending divorce, when she attempted to ignore him by getting in the driver's seat of her vehicle. He then pulled a handgun from his clothing and shot his wife as she sat in the driver's seat. He immediately turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

Although Rebecca Campbell was still showing signs of life and was immediately transported to Alpena Regional Medical Center, she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday in Saginaw and a formal cause and manner of death will be determined after the autopsies and further investigation by the MSP Alpena Post. Currently, there is no belief that additional suspects are involved.

Law enforcement was dispatched to the Thunder Bay Apartment complex at 4:36 p.m. and left the scene around 11:40 p.m. MSP was assisted at the scene by the Alpena County Sheriff Department, Alpena Police Department, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Alpena Township and City fire departments.

Hoes said the incident is unusual for the area.

"It's out of the norm for this area and we hope to keep it that way," he said. "It's a very tragic event that we hope never happens in Alpena."

Crystal Nelson can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5693.



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