Update: Shooter warned people he would kill his family

9:42 PM, Dec 15, 2007   |    comments
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Largo – Friday night residents living at the Monterey Lakes apartment complex at 7501 Ulmerton Road in Largo were still gathering near the crime scene. One woman says “It's been an awful day."

But neighbors didn't know the half of it. The day started bad and never got better. Neighbors reported hearing a loud argument between a man and a woman and then gunfire rang out. That was around 6:45 Friday morning and minutes later Largo police found the bodies of two women who shared an apartment together.

It was 26-year-old Jennifer Davis and her partner 53-year-old Andrea Pisanello. The two worked for The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. The man police say killed them is Jennifer's ex husband 36-year-old Oliver Bernsdorff. The two were recently divorced.

Bernsdorff got primary custody of the kids, four-year-old Olivia and two-year-old Magnus. Court records show Jennifer was behind on paying nearly two thousand dollars in child support. Oliver was knee deep in debt. Documents show that he owed more than 135,000 dollars in school loans. He owed 27,000 thousand to the Internal Revenue Service and 50 thousand to credit card companies.

Largo police detectives say Oliver warned people that something like this could happen. Michael Loux, a spokesperson with the department says, "They've learned that he made statements prior to this date that indicated that he would kill himself and his family if he could not get his family back together."

About 4 hours after the double homicide Clearwater police discovered the bodies of two children at Oliver's home located at 2068 Powderhorn Drive. Those children are believed to be Jennifer and Oliver's young kids.

Later in Manatee County Sheriff's deputies were called out to yet another scene. It appears Oliver took his own life by shooting himself near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. His van ended up in the mangroves.

The church where the victims worshipped held a memorial service for them. It was in honor of the Bernsdorff family and Andrea Pisanello. It will be held at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater at 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater at 2pm.

The church released a statement. “The Bernsdorff family and Andrea Pisanello were all members of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. The congregation is in a state of shock, grief and mourning, reaching out to one another for support as they come to terms with this tragedy and move towards healing.”

Back at the Largo apartment complex where the first two bodies were discovered a woman shook her head saying  “It's just very sad.”

The Davis family released this statement on Saturday:

"Our family is devastated by the killing of Jennifer, Olivia, Magnus, and Andrea. Words do not even begin to describe the pain and heart break we are experiencing. We love Jennifer, Olivia, and Magnus so much. Jennifer was so smart and so excited about living her life. Magnus even though he was only two could melt hearts with his beautiful blond hair and devilish smile. Olivia was a beautiful child with big brown eyes and a shy smile that only widened once she got to know you. We can't explain why this has happened, we can barely believe that it has happened. Our hearts go out to all the families and individuals impacted by this incident. We want to thank all the friends, acquaintances and concerned people who have helped in this difficult time. We want to thank the police in all the communities who have helped in this situation. May Jennifer, Olivia, Magnus, and Andrea rest in peace."

Tammie Fields, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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