Police: Fairport father killed daughter with disabilities, turned gun on himself
Fairport, N.Y. (WHAM) - Fairport Police say a father shot and killed his adult daughter with disabilities Wednesday morning before turning the gun on himself.
Authorities said John Beilman and his 27-year-old daughter Nicole were found dead in their backyard on Williamsburg Drive.
Police said the initial call came in around 5:30 a.m. for reports of shots fired.
"There’s no need to be concerned," said Fairport Police Chief Samuel Farina. "We know it to be an isolated incident. As far as the community’s concerned, there’s no one else at risk because of this event today."
Sources confirm to 13WHAM News that FBI agents executed a search warrant at the Beilman home the day before the murder-suicide.
As a matter of standard procedure, federal investigators have not released any information pertaining to the nature of their investigation at the Fairport home.
Nicole Beilman lived with Rett syndrome, a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder. According to Rettsyndrome.org, the disability can affect a person's ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily.
Donna Beilman - John's wife and Nicole's mother - was inside the home but didn't hear the gunshots. She found out when police arrived at the home.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Chief Farina said this was a "difficult crime scene."
The family mostly kept to themselves, neighbors said.
Some neighbors around the Williamsburg Drive home woke up to the gunshots police say were fired by John Beilman.
"I heard two gunshots this morning," said Bailey Welker, who lives next door. "I figured it was fireworks or something."
The woman who lives behind the Beilman home tells 13WHAM she knew she heard gunshots. She called 911, assuming someone was hunting where they shouldn't be.
Others heard nothing, but knew something was wrong as soon as they looked outside.
"I did not hear anything this morning," said Ian Matthews, who lives across the street. "The first thing that I saw was the caution tape, so we knew something terrible had happened."
Matthews first met John Beilman when he says they were both working at Ultralife in Newark, NY.
"I didn't know him very well, but there were never any disturbances. He seemed like a nice guy."
Other people in the village community that sits north of the Erie Canal, were in disbelief Wednesday morning that a murder-suicide happened in this quiet neighborhood.
"I've lived here for 23 years, in this neighborhood, and nothing like this has ever happened," said Diane Batchelor. "To see this kind of thing happen, it definitely shakes you up a little bit."
Fairport police said they have not been called to this home in the past. John has no criminal history and had never been arrested. According to police, they know of no change to his life that might explain this.
Investigators said they are unsure where the gun came from and are working to determine its origin.
The superintendent of Fairport Schools said schools in the area were not affected at any time.
Monroe County Sheriff's deputies are assisting with the investigation.
The Mary Cariola Children’s Center issued a statement Wednesday afternoon in response to Nicole's death:
The administration and staff at Mary Cariola Children’s Center is saddened to learn of the tragic death of a 2011 graduate of our program, Nicole Beilman.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, caregivers and our sister agencies who knew her.
Mary Cariola Children’s Center will not be providing further comment pending full investigation of today’s events.