Claire Cucchiari-Loring, 22, had been dating Robert Jerrell Williams, 26, for about 5 years. And several months ago she had moved into his apartment with him. Several weeks ago the relationship reportedly ran into some type of problems and she moved out and moved back home.
Family has said she was afraid of Williams. And at least one news report has said that he held her against her will one night recently.
So when she and some friends decided to go out together on Friday night, they chose a restaurant out of the area. As Claire Cucchiari-Loring left the restaurant about 8:40 pm to go to her car, witnesses say that Williams was there waiting on her. According to a police spokesman “He was waiting for her,” “and when she got near her car, that’s when he got out and approached her.”
Allegedly Williams pulled a handgun, the two exchanged a few words, and he pulled the trigger- shooting three times. Two of the shots hit Claire Cucchiari-Loring in the torso, one shot hit a nearby restaurant wall. Reportedly Williams then fired a fourth time, this time shooting himself.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, and Claire Cucchiari-Loring was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.
There are a lot of favorable adjectives being used about Claire Cucchiari-Loring, words like independent, hardworking, selfless and funny, and an outstanding student at her college. But more than any others, all mention talent. She was taking music in college and one of her music professors probably gave her the highest compliment when he said she “had a beautiful, natural voice, a wonderful gift.”
Williams had no criminal history above traffic tickets. And police say they are not aware of any restraining orders. But they are trying to determine how Williams knew she would be at that restaurant that night.
Books, poetry, music, movies and theatre have popularized the theory that ‘true love’ is eternal, lasting even after death. Even going so far as to insinuate that true lovers will be together in the hereafter.
However, there is nothing in true love that would allow for murder, and most religions say that both murder and suicide are major sins, which could preclude the victim and the murderer from even being in the same hereafter.
Murder/suicide is not an indication of true love. True lovers want their other halves to live on, until it is their natural time to go, they want them to be happy and healthy even if they cannot be together for a time. And true love takes two, if one is being forced against their will- that is not love.
Claire Cucchiari-Loring had moved back home just two weeks prior to the shooting. Reportedly on Dec. 6 th, Claire Cucchiari-Loring has stated that she was at the apartment with Williams and he showed her a gun. Allegedly he threatened to kill her and himself. He held her at the apartment from about 10 PM on Wednesday to about 1 PM on Thursday.
She went to police at 7 PM on Thursday, and filed a report but did not want to prosecute. She did request a protective order.
She had petitioned the court for a restraining order, and it was granted about noon on Friday. Police recieved the order about 5 PM, but did not have a chance to serve it before the shooting occurred.