More details on Valerie Dowden Wells' tragic murder-suicide.
As we reported, the the 47-year-old — who is known for her family's appearance on the 2012 reality TV show Bayou Billionaires — was shot several times as she sat in her car close to a McDonald's parking lot in Shreveport, Louisiana around 4 p.m. on Monday.
The shooter, Robert Paul Gaddy, later turned the gun on himself and died at a local hospital.
Now we're hearing jealousy may have been Gaddy's motive for the shooting.
Turns out, Gaddy and the single mother of three knew each other from middle school and had recently began dating.
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The victim's daughter, 15-year-old Nikki, tells People that Gaddy was jealous her mother kept in communication with the father of her children.
Bayou Billionaires‘ executive producer, Brian Flanagan, confirms that family members "believe that's the reason it all went down."
Wow. So sad.
As for the investigation, police "haven't been able to lock it down as a hard core fact," but it "could be one of those facts we'll never know" with both the victim and shooter dead.
Wells' sister-in-law Peggy Dowden tells the outlet that the close-knit family is "all in total shock":
"We can't believe it happened. She was the most loving person, she was so friendly, she was always smiling. She was down-to-earth. She loved everybody so much."
Another producer says of her time working with Wells:
"I was so impressed. She had a job that meant a lot to her, a TV show, was a great mother. And on top of that she was dealing with MS."
Valerie's youngest child continues:
"She was the strongest person I knew. She taught me everything I needed to know to be a successful, thriving, beautiful woman. We knew we loved each other very much. She was my beautiful mother and I was her sparkle child. We will always miss my wonderful mama."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, especially the children, during this very difficult time.
We'll keep you updated as the case progresses.
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