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Victim in Murder-Suicide Had Restraining Order Against Suspect

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Two people are found dead early Wednesday morning in a home at 13 Buttercup Loop in Morgan's Point, and it appears to be a murder-suicide.

A 41-year-old man apparently killed his ex-girlfriend, set the house on fire, and then shot himself.

And the woman had taken out a restraining order against him.

It's a peaceful neighborhood in Morgan's Point, deer roaming the streets, everyone keeping to themselves.

"I'm just kind of at a loss for words," said Kevin Abbott, a friend of the victim, Tabitha Sazama.

Abbott lives down the street. When drove up Sazama's house on Buttercup Loop Wednesday morning, the cop cars didn't bother him.

It was the police tape.

"When they put tape up," he said, "it's not just for an argument or a fight."

This time, it was for what police believe is a murder-suicide.

Police believe ex-boyfriend Brian John Cecil shot her, then shot himself.

"These are unusual events," said Lt. Donnie Adams with the Bell County Sheriff's Department.

Around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cecil's ex-wife called police. She told them he had just called her and said he had just shot his girlfriend.

But no one knew exactly where that was. Teams had to search three different places, including Cecil's home.

Neighbors say he recently tried to move in with Sazama and sold his house on Whitehorse Circle. It's less than three-quarters of a mile from the crime scene.

"[The other two houses] may have nothing to do with where the original crime scene's at," Adams said, "but until then we're going to consider them crime scenes."

When they finally got to the right house an hour and a half later, it was full of smoke, apparently set on fire before Cecil shot himself.

A SWAT team got to the bedroom and found the bodies. He had a gunshot wound to the head; she was too badly burned to determine how she died.

"I never would have thought he'd have gone this far," Abbott said.

Abbott added the two seemed happy when they would ride their motorcycles together past his house.

He told us they moved in together about a month ago, but that didn't last long. Things turned ugly.

"It's a real nice place," said David Martin, who lives a few doors down from Sazama, "just terrible to hear what happened in the corner."

Even more terrible to learn the woman took out a restraining order against Cecil in the last two weeks.

"I had personally seen him come over here while she was at work a few times and walk around the house," Abbott said.

The cops say Wednesday morning he parked his truck on a street behind her house instead of in front.

That's why they had trouble finding it.

Neighbors say they've actually seen his truck parked on that street multiple times over the last few weeks. He would walk through yards to get to her house.

"He was making the truck difficult for us to find," Adams said.

 Abbott said they moved in together about a month ago. It didn't last long.

"About three weeks ago she had him move out," he said.

And last week, Cecil was arrested for violating the restraining order.

Now police believe he shot her, started a fire in her house, then killed himself.

"The world's a lot crazier than you think it is," Martin said.

Police also found two dogs and a cat inside the home, dead of apparent smoke inhalation.

Along with the pistol that belonged to Sazama, they found a sharp object that may have been used in the crime.

The investigation will continue with autopsies in Dallas.