Keego Harbor City Councilman Rob Kalman, center, attends a vigil for the four victims of a triple murder/suicide Feb. 17.

Keego Harbor City Councilman Rob Kalman, center, attends a vigil for the four victims of a triple murder/suicide Feb. 17.

Photo taken and provided by Matthew McCormick


Community mourns after four die in murder/suicide

Motive for shooting still being investigated, police say

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 22, 2018

KEEGO HARBOR — Police said a local woman took her own life and the lives of her husband and children Feb. 16, and their small community is grappling with the loss.

Keego Harbor Police Department officers responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 2300 block of Cass Lake Road in Keego Harbor at 8:10 a.m. Feb. 16.

Officers met with a concerned relative before entering the house. Upon entering the house, the officers discovered the bodies of the four victims in “what appears to be a family situation murder/suicide,” according to a press release from the Police Department.

The four victims have been identified as Daniel Stuart, 47; Lauren Stuart, 45; Steven Stuart, 27; and Bethany Stuart, 24.

All died from gunshot wounds.

Police said an investigation revealed that Lauren Stuart shot and killed her family before killing herself. The handgun was found at the scene.

Lauren Stuart was a part-time personal trainer at the YMCA in Farmington Hills and a model, according to a LinkedIn profile.

Both Steven and Bethany Stuart attended Oakland Community College, according to LinkedIn pages. Bethany Stuart had an associate degree in graphic design. Daniel Stuart was a lead software architect at the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care at the University of Michigan, according to a LinkedIn profile.

Keego Harbor Police Chief John Fitzgerald said the investigation is still underway.

“As we’re doing the investigation, we’re just staying with the basic information for now,” he said. “It’s still under investigation as to motive, and we want to get that straight.”

A candlelight vigil was held the evening of Saturday, Feb. 17, for the community to come together to remember the victims.

“There has been a tremendous amount of shock from the Keego Harbor City Council and residents about this tragic incident,” said Mayor Joel Yoder. “Keego Harbor is a safe, close-knit community, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, neighbors and friends of the victims.”

Anyone with any information pertaining to the case is asked to call (248) 682-3030 or email Detective R. Barnes at barnes@khpd.org.