Murder-suicide scene Meridian

Meridian Police’s Incident Command vehicle is stationed in the afternoon of Jan. 7 at the scene of Sunday’s three-fatality murder-suicide in the 4900 block of West Charles Street in Meridian.

MERIDIAN — About five months before she was shot by her ex-husband, Meridian resident Heidi De Leon, 40, sent an email. In the subject line she typed “my story...need help.”

In the body of that email she typed more than 1,200 words detailing her battle to escape the abuse and manipulation of her ex-husband, Edward Epps Jr., 39, of Boise. Even though she’d filed for divorce in 2011 and had since remarried, she wasn’t free of Epps’ presence in her life and she needed help.

Tommy Simmons is the Ada County public safety reporter for the Idaho Press. Follow him on Twitter @tsimmonsipt

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