Man broke into Palm Harbor home, murdered ex’s mom before killing self, deputies say

Two people were found shot to death in a Palm Harbor home Tuesday morning, and deputies are investigating it as a murder-suicide.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., deputies responded to a home on the 4100 block of Moreno Drive after a 911 caller reported that a man and a woman had been shot, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. When deputies arrived, they found Stacey McLean, 52, dead in a bedroom. In a separate bedroom, they found Darryl Seeraj, 26, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives say Seeraj was in a romantic relationship with McLean’s daughter for about five years, and their relationship had recently ended.

Seeraj “broke into the home, murdered McLean, and then took his own life,” the news release states.

Autopsies will be conducted, and the Medical Examiner’s Office will work to determine the cause and manner of the deaths, the sheriff’s office said.

No further information was immediately released.

Correction: This story has been updated with the correct spelling of Darryl Seeraj’s last name. An earlier version had an incorrect spelling provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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