A Queens man suspected of killing his wife and two children before turning a gun on himself left a note saying he was sorry, according to New York City police and published reports.
Mark Bailey's two children, Yolann, 14, and Yonique, 19, a Stony Brook University student, along with their mother, Dionne Coy-Bailey, 42, were found Monday in their bedrooms on 230th Place with gunshot wounds to the head. Mark Bailey was also found dead from a head wound.
A note left on the kitchen table read: "I am sorry. Love, Mark." A rifle was recovered from the home in the Brookville area of Queens, according to police.
The family members were identified by Coy-Bailey's sister, Angela Brooks, according to The Associated Press. Mark Bailey worked as a school bus driver in Nassau County.
Standing on a corner with other neighbors Monday, Murrette Omeally, 44, said she knew Coy-Bailey, an assistant principal at a Manhattan high school, when they taught together at a high school in Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1990s. Coy-Bailey left in 1994, and Omeally moved to the United States about two years later.
The pair ran into each other on the street months ago, when Coy-Bailey told her she had just finished her dissertation.
"The last thing I said to her is, 'I'm about to start mine, you inspire me.' " Omeally said.
"She was such a nice lady. I think the worst things happen to the best people."
Coy-Bailey's brother-in-law called 911 after visiting the house yesterday morning. Police said the investigation was ongoing, and no information about other possible emergency calls to the house was available.
John Bostic, 19, who attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside with Yonique, said they sang together in a school a cappella group.
"She was a great singer, very talented," he said.
Yonique was a sophomore biology major who was enrolled this semester at Stony Brook, said a university spokeswoman who declined to comment further, citing privacy regulations.
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