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Final report released on New Year's Day triple murder-suicide

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David Reis (pictured right) was killed by a gunshot wound to the torso, and his 24-year-old sister, Karen (left) suffered a gunshot wound to the head and chest. David Reis (pictured right) was killed by a gunshot wound to the torso, and his 24-year-old sister, Karen (left) suffered a gunshot wound to the head and chest.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sheriff's officials released their final conclusions Wednesday about a New Year's Day triple murder and suicide carried out by a 25-year-old naval officer at a Coronado condominium, revealing new details about the shooting rampage but providing no clear answers as to what prompted it.

Killed along with the gunman, John Robert Reeves of Prince Frederick, Md., in the 1000 block of Park Place early on the morning of Jan. 1 were his roommate and fellow Miramar-based pilot-in-training, David Reis, 25; Reis' 24-year-old sister, Karen; and 31-year-old Matthew Saturley, a financial analyst from Chula Vista.

Sheriff's officials have acknowledged that Reeves apparently had unrequited romantic feelings for Karen Reis but have refrained from describing jealousy or rejection as possible motives for the killing spree.

In the hours before their deaths, Reeves, the Reis siblings, both of Bakersfield, and Saturley had celebrated New Year's Eve at a downtown San Diego nightclub before returning shortly after 2 the next morning to the rental residence where the servicemen lived.

Reeves entered the residence first and immediately armed himself with two guns he owned - a Springfield Armory M1 30-06-caliber rifle and a Taurus PT1911 .45-caliber pistol, according to a sheriff's report. He then went upstairs and waited for the others to come inside, the document states.

A few moments later, Karen Reis, who was a high school assistant volleyball coach, entered the condominium along with Saturley. Upon reaching the third floor, they were met by Reeves, who shot them with the rifle, according to investigators. Numerous rounds struck Saturley in the upper body, and the woman was shot in the face and chest.

Hearing the gunfire and his sister's screams, David Reis ran inside, according to the report. As Reis reached the base of the stairway to the third floor, Reeves shot him three times with the pistol from above, striking him in the left hand, thigh and back. Reeves then turned the handgun on himself, committing suicide with a bullet to the head.

The reason for the shootings will never be known for certain, according to investigators.

"The investigation did not confirm a clear motive for the murders," the report states.

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