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Cleveland Reporter Nikki Delamotte’s Death Was a Murder-Suicide, Authorities Say

Investigators say her uncle Robert Delamotte shot the reporter then turned the gun on himself

The death of arts and culture journalist Nikki Delamotte is being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to Cleveland.com, which was the outlet where she worked.

Delamotte, 30, and her uncle Robert Delamotte, 67, were found dead on Monday morning at the Friendly Village mobile home park in Perrysburg Township, Ohio. Nikki Delamotte was reported missing earlier that day.

On Wednesday, Perrysburg Township police that Robert Delamotte shot Nikki three times — once in the chest, once in the side and once in the forehead — then shot himself in the head, Cleveland.com reported.

Investigators found a Ruger .380 and a Taurus .38 revolver when they searched Robert Delamotte’s trailer and confirmed that he owned both guns. He is said to have used the revolver in the killings.

Security footage shows Nikki Delamotte entering the trailer at 4:16 p.m. ET Sunday and not coming out.

Investigators have not issued a motive for the shootings.

Cleveland.com posted a tribute to her Monday following the announcement of her death.

Nikki Delamotte was the new friend you’d known forever. She was that warm, that giving, that caring – and that much fun to be around. Her skills as a journalist, as a crafter of words and images, as a published author and arts and culture reporter who knew Cleveland’s byways as if she were born here (she moved from the Toledo area a decade or so ago to attend Cleveland State University) had a timeless quality that belied her age — just 30 at the time of her tragic apparent murder Sunday night.

And how could anyone kill someone so good, so kind, who uplifted all of us through her writing and celebrated all that was good, quirky and delicious about Cleveland?  Nikki, so humble about her personal gifts, specialized in uncovering hidden gems and those less-well-known people we found we all wanted to know. She loved cats, and dogs, stuffed animals and humankind in almost equal measure, and deeply loved her family, including her recently deceased, adored grandmother. She sought to lift spirits and build bridges and celebrate life with every story and tweet and video and photograph she ever published. Which were many. Her Twitter page had more than 4,000 followers at her death.

Our newsroom is deeply shocked and grief-stricken at our colleague’s untimely passing. But our editorial board also wanted to expand the lens beyond our broken hearts to remember what made Nikki so amazing and so special.