By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
The deaths of two residents in Little Falls Township in February, has been confirmed as a murder/suicide by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department.
On Feb. 23, Morrison County deputies found Cynthia Lakeman, 45, and her 75-year-old husband, Richard Lakeman at their home, both dead of gunshot wounds. A .38 caliber revolver was recovered in the home at the time the bodies were found.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner found Cynthia, who was shot in the head, was the victim of homicide.
Richard’s manner of death was more difficult to determine, the Sheriff’s Department said, due to the need to send specific samples out of the state of Minnesota for laboratory analysis.
The medical examiner’s office recently notified Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel that although the manner of death for Richard will be considered undetermined, gunshot residue on both hands strongly suggested suicide.
As a result, the Sheriff’s Office has concluded the investigation and classified it as a murder/suicide.
Cynthia Lakeman was born Aug. 9, 1967, in Flora, Miss. She is survived by her mother, Linda Lowery and father, Sherman Barber of Racine, Wis.; daughters, Denesha Davis and Delestine Davis of Minnesota; sons, Brandon Herron, Deston Davis and JaQuan Davis all of Racine; grandchildren, Javion, Braniyah, Micheal III, Jamier, Brandon Jr., MaKahi, Dariyah, Journee, Ja’Khyree, and Alannah; sisters, Phyllis Barber of Racine, Gizale Walton and Sharon Walton of Illinois, Latoya Barber of Minnesota, and Jackie Barber of California; brothers, Sherman (Angie) Barber and Wili Allen of Racine, Luke Carter of Yazoo City, Harry Walton Jr. of Illinois and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Destiny Davis.
Richard was born Nov. 21, 1937, in Bakersfield, Calif. to the late Nicholas and Emma (Horn) Lakeman. He is survived by sons, Cary Lakeman of Colorado and Perry Lakeman of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters, Laura Lakeman of Colorado and Lisa (Craig) Olson of Colorado; brothers, Kenneth (Judy) Lakeman of Coon Rapids and LeRoy (Linda) Lakeman of Borup; sisters, Darlene Tratebas of Kouts, Ind. and Vi Rheinhardt of Rosemount; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, Nicholas and Emma Lakeman; son, Randy Lakeman; wife, Cynthia (Davis) Lakeman; and brother-in-law, John Tratebas.