LaVergne husband, wife dead in murder-suicide - WKRN News 2

LaVergne husband, wife dead in murder-suicide

Posted: Updated: March 25, 2011 4:32 PM CDT

LAVERGNE, Tenn. – A LaVergne husband and wife are dead Friday following what police are now classifying a murder-suicide.

Officers were called to Daniel and Nith Sim's home, located at 1019 Betty Lou Lane in the Lake Forest Estates subdivision, around 10:20 a.m. amid reports of a shooting.

Upon arrival, they found the couple inside a bedroom with gunshot wounds.

Two handguns were also found in the room.  Police said both weapons appeared to have been fired although ballistics testing would be performed.

The couple's two children, a five-month-old boy and a two-year-old girl, were also in the bedroom.

Police said Daniel Sim's mother was visiting from New York and also in the home.  She reported she heard a loud boom but didn't think anything of it at first.

After a while, she went to the bedroom but found the door locked.  After finding a key, she entered the room and discovered the couple had been shot.

LaVergne police said it appears Nith Sim, 27, who is originally from Cambodia, shot her 28-year-old husband Daniel before turning the gun on herself.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Daniel Sim was transported to Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna and later to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he died a few hours later.

A motive was not immediately known.

LaVergne Police Chief Ted Boyd said, "We've talked to witnesses and stuff and it didn't seem like it was a bad marriage that we knew about [or] that witnesses knew about, but like I say, when it gets into a personal thing, everyone doesn't know everyone's business."

Police said a roommate lived at the home with the Sims.  He also did not report anything out of the ordinary between the couple.

The Sim's children are in the custody of Daniel Sim's mother, who is receiving assistance from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

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