By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

Officials have identified the two Fort Hood soldiers involved in Thursdays apparent murder-suicide case.

The victim, Sgt. Erin Elizabeth Edwards, 24, was working as an administrative specialist in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Division, said Cecil Green, a Fort Hood spokesman.

The suspected shooter, her husband, Sgt. William McKinley Edwards, was a light wheel mechanic with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Green said.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Wheeler Avenue, where police initially found the body of Erin Edwards on the front porch of her residence at 2100 Wheeler Ave. with a gunshot wound to her head, said Capt. Jackie Dunn of the Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit.

Shortly afterward, the police found her husbands body in the parking lot of The Willows Apartments across the street, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, said Dunn, noting a gun was recovered at the scene.

While the case was being treated as a murder-suicide, Capt. Michael Click of the KPD Public Affairs Unit, said Friday that the causes of death were pending confirmation from the autopsies being conducted at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas, ordered by Justice of the Peace Garland K. Potvin.

A Killeen police investigation into the couples recent relationship continues, Click said.

Neighbors and court records reveal the couple had a violent domestic history.

On June 20, William Edwards was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on a charge of assault with bodily injury. At that time, Cooke also issued an emergency protection order that was effective until Aug. 20.

Judge Rick Morris of the 146th District Court said Friday that he did issue a two-year protection order Wednesday on William Edwards, following a hearing that day.

Neighbors said the police were constantly at the residence because of domestic problems.

Cecil Green, a Fort Hood spokesman, said both Erin and William Edwards were light vehicle mechanics by trade.

Erin Edwards entered the Army in January 1999 and arrived at Fort Hood in 2001.

In March 2003, she deployed with the Ironhorse Division to Iraq and served there for 12 months, Green said.

Erin Edwards hometown was Wellsville, N.Y., and her home of record was Shawville, Pa., Green said.

William Edwards was born in Silverspring and had called Oakland, Calif., his home, Green said.

He entered the Army in June 1998 and arrived at Fort Hood in August that same year, Green said.

William Edwards deployed earlier this year to Iraq and served four months there, Green said.

The Edwardses had two children: a son, 4, and a daughter, 20 months old, according to court records. They were not at home at the time of the incident and are believed to be with Erin Edwards family in Pennsyl-vania.

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