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Memorial Fund To Honor Paramedic Killed In Murder-Suicide

Last updated on Thursday, July 25, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - A memorial fund has been created in honor of a paramedic who was killed Monday.

Simga Kappa Tau Alumnae have established the fund in honor of Kelly Emerick.

The money will be used to assist with education expenses for her 11-year-old daughter.

Donations can be made online: http://www.gofundme.com/Kelly-Emerick-Memorial

They can also be made directly to the 'Education Fund for Brigit Emerick' at any Regions Bank.

Monroe County officers say that 42-year-old William "Randy" Roudebush shot and killed his longtime girlfriend 48-year-old Kelly Emerick in the master bedroom of the home they shared at 3221 Reba Court, just southwest of Bloomington.

Bloomington Police George Connely, who served on the rescue dive team with Roudebush, discovered the bodies after a 911 call at 5:30 a.m. requesting a welfare check on the couple. When Connely arrived he discovered the bodies and reported both had died from gun shot wounds.

Police say Roudebush had been Emerick's boyfriend the past nine years, but he was upset over their breakup and shot her multiple times.

Roudebush then took a picture of her body and texted it to several people before firing a fatal shot into his own chest.

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer has ruled Roudebush's death a suicide. She says a final ruling on Emerick's cause of death cannot be made until toxicology test results are complete in a few weeks.

Emerick was a paramedic supervisor at IU Health Emergency Medical Transport Service based in Bloomington, where Roudebush worked part time supervising paramedics.

Roudebush was a captain at the Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department, where he was a volunteer for several years before landing a full-time position in 2000. He was also employed the past several years as a part-time firefighter for the Ellettsville Fire Department and at the White River Township Fire Department in Johnson County. He was trained as a paramedic.

According to the Herald Times, in 2011, Roudebush and two other Perry-Clear Creek firefighters were named Monroe County's Firefighters of the Year for their efforts in saving a man who had fallen through the ice on Lake Monroe.

Monroe County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Mike Pershing says Emerick's daughter was not home when the incident happened.

Emerick's funeral will be Saturday morning at Allen Funeral Home, and she will be buried in Greene County near her father.

Roudebush's funeral is Friday morning at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard.

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