UPDATED: Murder-Suicide in Unincorporated Antioch

A former Vernon Hills woman was killed at the hands of her ex-boyfriend in Antioch Township Friday morning.

A murder-suicide in Antioch Township Friday morning claimed the life of a former Vernon Hills woman.

The victim has been identified as Diane Kephart, 61, reported the Daily Herald.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the area of Beach Grove Road and Westlake Avenue in unincorporated Antioch before 8 a.m. Friday for the report of an injured subject, according to a sheriff's press release.

Antioch Rescue transported the female victim to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville, where she was pronounced dead.

Kephart was killed in the street in front of her father's home, according to the Chicago Tribune, by her ex-boyfriend, 57-year-old Paul Neff of Mundelein.

Kephhart had an order of protection against Neff, who was charged last month with multiple offenses including aggravated domestic battery with a deadly weapon, reported the Daily Herald.

Neff's body was found in a trailer near the Sandbar Bar and Grille, reported the Lake County News-Sun. A suicide note was found in his car.

Brian L. March 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM
She might have come out to confront him and tell him to leave. We don't know. Obviously when emotions about something are high you can do things you normally would not. No, she may not have seen him until it was too late, but if that were also the case she wouldn't have pulled her hypothetical concealed gun out either.
Sue March 17, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Maybe this woman wouldn't have been comfortable carrying a gun in her purse if there were a "conceal/carry" law in Illinois. Not everyone wants to carry a gun on themselves and not everyone is capable of the HUGE responibility that goes with owning and carrying a gun. I wish people would quit talking as if everyone carrying guns in the United States is the answer to our problems. When a man is convicted of beating a woman, he should be required to attend daily anger management therapy and wear an ankle monitoring bracelet that allows him very limited movement (work, home, therapy and a grocery store) for 2 years, minimum. Add up what it would cost to pay for the therapy and ankle bracelet and tack it onto the $5,000.00 bond that he has to pay. Can't pay the cost. Go to jail.
Inconvenientruth March 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Maybe she wouldn't have chosen to carry a gun but shouldn't she have that choice? 49 states and the Supreme Court of the United States agree that she should have that choice.
A March 18, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Look Brian it was any other day to her she was not exspecting for him to be out there. Ignorant comments like this are just plain dumb keep your comments to yourself unless you knew her or the family. I hope you feel real good about your self, she was a kind and smart woman its stupid to think she knew he was out there. RIP Diane your children and family will miss you.
Brian L. March 18, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I'm sorry my comments came off that way. In no way did I intend to belittle the situation or anything about this woman or her family. I was trying to make more of a broad comment that these situations might be avoided through ways other than carrying a gun, and one of them is vigilance. It just happened that this article was about a specific situation/person so that became my example. I don't/didn't know anyone involved in this tragedy and obviously none of know exactly what happened on that morning. All people like us (who don't know the victims) can do is talk about what happened and ways to try and avoid it in the future without the same tragic results.


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