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This undated photo provided by the City of Coppell, Texas shows Mayor Jayne Peters. This undated photo provided by the City of Coppell, Texas shows Mayor Jayne Peters.
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    Thursday, July 15 2010 11:54 AM EDT2010-07-15 15:54:38 GMT
    When police arrived at a suburban Dallas mayor's sprawling upscale home, they quickly realized something was very wrong. 
    When police arrived at a suburban Dallas mayor's sprawling upscale home, they quickly realized something was very wrong. Rather than attend a City Council meeting, Mayor Jayne Peters had apparently taped an envelope to the door with a key and an ominous note inside. 

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — A Dallas area mayor who authorities believe killed herself and her daughter left a note saying the two remained in deep grief about the 2008 death of their husband and father from cancer, police said Friday.

"My sweet, sweet Corinne had grown completely inconsolable. She had learned to hide her feelings from her friends. But the two of us were lost, alone and afraid. Corinne just kept on asking, 'Why won't God let me die?' We hadn't slept at all and neither one of us could stop crying when we were together," read the typed note police found in the kitchen.

The note was one of four police found Tuesday after discovering the bodies of Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, and her 19-year-old daughter, Corinne. Both had been shot in the head. The Dallas County Medical Examiners Office has ruled the elder Peters' death a suicide and the daughter's death a homicide.

Police arrived at the home after the usually prompt mayor failed to show up for a city meeting. They found an envelope taped to the door containing a house key and typed note that said: "To our first responders, Here is the key for the front door. I am so very sorry for what you're about to discover. Please forgive me. Jayne."

Aside from her grief, it has been revealed that the mayor had deep financial troubles.

At a Friday afternoon funeral service for the two, Peters' pastor said she had tried to hide her financial problems from her daughter after the death of their husband and father.

City Manager Clay Phillips said he had been asking the mayor since November about at least $4,000 in questionable charges on her city-issued credit card. Phillips said there appeared to be personal charges for items such as clothing and pet supplies.

Deputy Police Chief Steve Thomas said the weapon used was a Glock 17 9 mm pistol, which he said the mayor borrowed from Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke. Thomas said the Franke told police Peters asked about getting a concealed handgun permit and the two had gone to a shooting range for target practice July 8. Peters left the shooting range with his weapon, saying she wanted to borrow it for a class.

Franke did not immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press. Thomas said Franke would not face any charges.

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Associated Press writers Jamie Stengle, Jeff Carlton and Danny Robbins contributed to this report from Dallas.

 

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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