Twyla Johnson, 23, was the mother of two children ages 3 and 4 years of age. She had been in a relationship with Joseph Reid the Third, 23, for at least 6 months.
The two did not reside together, but he was a frequent visitor to the home. Police say they have information the couple had argued recently.
One of Johnson’s relatives went to visit her on Saturday about 8 pm. They found Twyla Johnson dead in her bed. Joseph Reid was found hanging in a closet. The relative took Reid out of the closet before police arrived. Police say the times of death are uncertain. The two children were also found in the apartment.
Autopsies show the cause of death for both was asphyxiation. Police say they found a note at the apartment that described the murder-suicide and they say the note matched the scene. Police say the notes expressed dissatisfaction with the way the relationship was going and indicated that Reid may have thought the relationship was ending, and that Johnson wanted the ending more than Reid did.
The two children are now with relatives.