David Reid, Michelle Reid dead after Gaithersburg murder-suicide
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJLA) - A Johns Hopkins University employee and her estranged husband are dead in what Montgomery County police believe to be a domestic-related murder-suicide.
Around 11:20 p.m. Sunday, arguing and gunshots echoed within the five-level parking garage at the Hidden Creek Apartment Homes near the corner of N. Summit Avenue and Girard Street.
Resident Tushar Irani was packing boxes in his two-bedroom apartment when he heard five-to-six loud "bangs."
"As I opened the door, I saw a body lying 30-to-40 yards in front of me," Irani, an interior designer recalled. "That's when I connected the dots between the bangs and the body."
The body was that of David Reid Jr., 38, a software engineer. Reid Jr. was lying on the garage's fourth floor, peppered with multiple gunshot wounds.
"It was dark, but I could see this liquid pool surrounding him, Irani added. "I knew it was blood."
Responding officers quickly spotted Reid Jr.'s wife Michelle, 39, hiding between parked vehicles on the garage's ground level. When officers approached the licensed attorney, she raised a handgun and shot herself.
Several residents told ABC7, the Reid's seven-year-long marriage was not synonymous with joy and merriment. Loud fighting was commonplace, neighbors contended.
"You know when I'd seen them arguing, I wasn't thinking anything of it. You know two grown folks having an argument. I never expected for that to happen," neighbor Jay Powell remarked.
According to investigators, the young couple recently separated. Michelle moved to the Paramount Apartments, roughly three miles away. The newly constructed higher-end complex sits along Frederick Road, just north of the LakeForest Mall. Police are still trying to determine why the 39-year-old returned to her husband's apartment complex late Sunday.
"Like this kind of stuff going on, it gives you, it gives you a little chill down your spine," resident Michael Arias stated.
Despite negative public perception, David Reid Jr.'s Facebook page suggested the couple maintained a warm and loving relationship.
"Celebrating my 5 year anniversary with my beautiful wife at Disney World!! Best day since 5 years ago today!!," the Greensboro, North Carolina-native wrote in a September 2011 status update.
"Just getting back from Jamaica mon! My beautiful wife and I had an INCREDIBLE time there for our 4th year anniversary. What a beautiful place!! We are already planning our next trip there...," Reid Jr. stated in a September 2010 posting.
In fact, JET Magazine featured the Reids' September 2006 Dallas wedding. Listed in the weekly magazine's "Love & Happiness" section, the article told readers about the couple's professional accolades and lavish Honeymoon to the French Riviera, Florence and Venice, Italy.
According to a professional biography posted online, Michelle Reid graduated from the Howard University School of Law. She went on to work as an assistant regional counsel for the Social Security Administration. In January, the 39-year-old accepted a position within Johns Hopkins University's Office of Institutional Equity.
"She performed investigations on discrimination and harassment complaints. She also conducted training for students, faculty and staff on preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace and in the academic environment... She had demonstrated herself to be a hard-working and valued member of the Institutional Equity staff," spokesman Dennis O'Shea said.
A medical examiner will perform autopsies on both bodies this week. It's expected Reid Jr.'s death will be ruled a homicide, Montgomery County's ninth of the year.
"It's unfortunate that it had to end the way it did. It's really sad that they couldn't get help to kind of resolve the issues, I just wish it had a different ending," Irani concluded.