A Maine woman who was allegedly shot to death by her longtime partner, who then reportedly killed himself afterwards, is tragically a victim of the same situation that took the lives of her parents just three years ago.
Jessica Dapolito, 42, was found dead on January 25 when police were alerted by a concerned call to check up on the house where she lived with Robert Dapolito, 55. Officials discovered both bodies and declared the deaths a domestic violence murder-suicide.
In January of 2018, Jessica had been devastated to learn that her parents, Thomas and Michelle Masse, had perished in a murder-suicide, which entailed Thomas first shooting Michelle in the head, then turning the gun on himself — a situation which remarkably mirrors the event that took place three years almost to the day later.
Jessica’s aunt Suzanne Bourque told local news that her niece was a “wonderful, kind, good-hearted person,” and also explained that she shared Robert's last name although the couple, who'd been together for 23 years and worked for the same social services agency, never married.
The two reportedly were planning on starting a medical marijuana business, having obtained permits to grow plants at a nearby facility. Bourque mentioned to news that her niece had a green thumb and loved to work in the garden.
A GoFundMe started by a friend to help with funeral expenses explained that the couple had left behind two sons, as well as a grandson and a pet Newfoundland, and that the sons had been unexpectedly saddled with their parents' financial burdens as a result of their deaths.
"As brothers, regardless of the situation, they are working together on the process together as brothers; as family," the page read. "Please think about these brothers as they process and work through the most difficult situation together. Because that’s what families do. They stick together, regardless."