The 42-year-old Elyria man who shot his girlfriend to death hacked her Facebook page after killing her, police said. He killed himself when confronted by officers.
“Never play games with someone emotions or cheat on them when they give you their all, please respect their love and devotion, someone will end up hurt or worse dead,” Leonzo Bufford wrote on Kiesha L. Betton’s Facebook page.
Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantinto confirmed Bufford made the post using Betton’s cellphone in the Cleveland area at 1:57 a.m. Monday, almost three hours after he killed Betton in the couple’s Elyria home.
Someone responded to his statement in Facebook’s comments section, writing that Bufford “need to kill himself.”
“I will,” Bufford responded at 2:02 a.m.
Bufford also changed Betton’s Facebook profile picture at 1:44 a.m. Monday to a photo of the two of them.
At 2:20 a.m., police spotted Bufford’s car near Interstate 90 at Eddy Road. Bufford fatally shot himself after officers stopped his car at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near East 105th Street in Cleveland, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bufford had also shot an ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend about an hour before his death on Winston Road in South Euclid, police said. Sophia L. Latimer, 50, and Darnell M. Strowder, 58, of Cleveland were still in the hospital in serious condition Tuesday morning, according to South Euclid police.
Witnesses told police Bufford accused Betton of cheating and they got into an argument inside the couple’s Revere Lane home, Costantino said. Betton’s two teenage daughters were present when Bufford shot her about 11:09 p.m. Sunday.
Betton, 40, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and died at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, police said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, and the Lorain County Corner will rule on the official cause of death.
Bufford and Betton went to dinner with Bufford’s sister and mother in Solon earlier Sunday. Both women told police everything seemed normal during dinner, but Betton was on her cellphone a lot, Costantino said.
Bufford’s family told investigators he is normally a passive person and this is out of his character.
“They are appalled,” Costantino said. “They never thought he would do anything like this. From what we’ve learned, this is so far out of his character.”