Danielle Morse (25) was shot and killed by her boyfriend Kevin Kopper (31) on January 16th, 2019. The two lived in an apartment together in Hamburg, New York. During the early morning hours of January 16th, Kevin called the Hamburg police and said that he had shot his girlfriend and planned to shoot himself. When police arrived at their apartment, they knocked on the door. Immediately after, they heard the sound of another gunshot. Police broke down the door and found the body of Danielle in the apartment’s kitchen. In the adjacent bedroom, they found Kevin’s body as well. He had shot himself as soon as police knocked on the door.
According to Danielle’s friends, the couple had only been together for a little under a year before the incident, and they had only lived in their apartment for a few months. At this time, it is unclear what led to the shootings. However, both Danielle and Kevin posted content on Facebook within 24 hours before the shooting that now appears incredibly eerie. About a day before she was killed, Danielle wrote “I need to get out of this house” in a Facebook post. Kevin updated his profile picture to an image of him holding a gun…the same gun that he later used to shoot Danielle and himself.
Danielle and Kevin lived in a quiet Hamburg neighborhood. Members of their community are reportedly in total shock over their deaths. A neighbor told reporters that he did not know the couple very well, but he never saw any reason to be concerned about them. Police are continuing to investigate what led to the murder-suicide.