What is left are too many questions

Police were called to do a well being check at the home of Ronald Bowens, 42, and his wife Tamara, age 40. A relative of the family had been trying to reach them to advise them that their son had committed suicide in a Fla. hotel room.

Someone called the post office where Tamara worked a week ago, and said she had been in an auto accident and wouldn't be coming back. They hadn't heard from her since that time.

Then Laron C. Bowens, 22, was found in the Fla. motel room. He did not leave a note. Relatives trying to make contact with them were unable to do so.

Police found Ronald and Tamara Bowens bodies along with the body of their 18 year old daughter Tyesa on the second level of their home.  The last time they had been seen alive was on Mar. 22, the day before Laron flew to Fla.

Police say that evidence indicates that Lyron Bowens shot his parents and sister before he left. A gun was found in his hotel room of the same caliber that was used on his parents, but police indicate that tests have not yet been completed that would prove that it was murder weapon.

The motive hasn't been determined as yet, though it is  thought that Tamara had been pressuring her son to find a job and become more religious.




What could lead a kid to shoot his parents and his sister and take his own life? Likely, it will never be known as he did not leave a note before committing suicide.

Certainly it wouldn't be unusual for a parent to urge a grown child to get a job and become more independent. And this wouldn't be the first family who encouraged their child to become active with a family church. But at 22, he couldn't be forced to do so.

Neighbors have stated that the family kept to themselves. Tamara worked at a post office, Ronald worked in construction and as a mechanic. Tyesa had been an outstanding high school student, and was attending college.

Is that a clue? The fact that his sister was achieving and he was being urged to get a job? Unfortunately we may never know. When a family is murdered, too often all that is left is the grief and the questions.



  1. ebony said,

    June 17, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Hello i am the imediate family of Mrs. Tamara Bowens and i would personly like to thank this site for giving a accurate report on this tragedy and the support emotionaly.

    Thank you,

  2. June 17, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    You are welcome Ebony. Acceptance of a loss like this always is hard for family and friends. I wish you well.

  3. Shanille Bowens said,

    September 19, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    I am also family of the descased. Ronald was my uncle. I would also like to thank this site. I have read other sites that have portrayed Laron as a dropout and reports that had errors in it and assumptions were made. Thank you for reporting the facts and not assuming because no one will ever know completely what caused Laron to do what he did. Laron had also been an honor student in High School. He graduated at the top of his class and actually had a scholarship to Howard. And he wasnt really a drop out like many have reported. His parents asked him to move back home after the events took place on 9/11. And he took classes at a community college after that.

  4. SB said,

    May 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    How do we delete comments?

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