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Man Kills Pregnant Woman, Self In St. Mary's

By Arthur Santana
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 25, 2004; Page B03

A St. Mary's County woman who was nine months pregnant was shot and killed by the baby's father, who then killed himself, Southern Maryland authorities said yesterday.

Authorities said George Yousinger Richardson Jr., 43, of California, Md., went to the home of his former girlfriend, Suzanne Lee Combs, 35, on Tuesday and shot her twice in the back and once in the head with a 9mm handgun. His body was found nearby, with a gunshot wound to the head.

When paramedics learned of Combs's pregnancy, a special rescue squad was called to her Lexington Park apartment to try to save the fetus, said St. Mary's County Sheriff David Zylak. "They determined that [Combs] had been deceased for too long to save the baby," he said.

Zylak did not offer a motive for the shooting. "That's still under investigation," he said yesterday. "We don't have the answer to that right now."

It's not clear when Richardson fired the shots in the apartment in the 48000 block of Pickett's Harbor Court, because no neighbors reported hearing shots or called 911. The slaying might have happened early in the day, Zylak said.

Richardson and Combs were not married but had had a relationship and had a 6-year-old child, Zylak said. Combs also had a 10-year-old child with another man, named Joe Thompson, but no one was in the apartment with Richardson and Combs at the time of the shooting, Zylak said.

The children, coming home from school Tuesday, apparently tried to enter the apartment but found it locked, Zylak said. They then went to a neighbor's home and eventually got help from Thompson. He entered the apartment, found the bodies in an upstairs bedroom and called 911.

There was no indication that Combs had filed a protective order against Richardson recently, but investigators were still researching that yesterday, Zylak said.

"It's a tragic time of year to lose anybody," he said.

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