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Neighbors Remember Apparent Murder-Suicide Couple As Friendly

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Lansing police officials are calling it a murder-suicide. It happened around 1 a.m. Thursday inside a home in the 4100 block of Sheffield Boulevard.

6 News Nick Perreault has been following the story all day. He has the latest on this tragic story.

Flashing lights and caution tape in this community, both neighbors and police say is uncommon, especially for this home.

"It was almost like a perfect family.”

A family that neighbor Jesse Owens says he's known for close to a decade.

"I remember when he was training him how to ride his bike and loved the kid and you could tell it,” said Owens.

That left him shocked to learn police believe the dad, Jose Rodriguez-Yera killed his wife, Dr. Kristin Batdorf before taking his own life.

Owens says both Jose and Kristin had several friends, often walking throughout the neighborhood working on their boat or playing with their son.

"He used to offer his help here and we would just meet up and talk all the time, the same way with all the neighbors here.”

"I babysat their 6-year-old boy sometimes.”

Kara Miller lives next door and says she'd often come over to Jose and Kristin's for dinner or play video games with their son.

"It didn't seem like they had any trouble or anything like that.”

"My name is Kristin Batdorf, I'm the Dr. of Chiropractic at Backbone Chiropractic and Massage Therapy.”

We've learned that Dr. Batdorf bought property back in 2012 for her business and spoke with an associate who she used to refer clients to. They said Kristin was a good doctor and close friend.

At this point in the investigation Lansing police can't find any records of problems here either.

"We went back and accessed our dispatch records and we're not seeing a history of any type of incidents at this residence.”

Police, neighbors, family and friends have several questions of how this happened. Lansing police say the couple’s 6-year-old son is with Child Protective Services.
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