- Published on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:54
A teenage girl originally from Glossop, who died with her boyfriend shortly after a police officer was murdered in Orlando, Florida, left "suicide notes", according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. However the letters written by Alexandria Hollinghurst do not suggest that the teenager was suicidal, but rather that she was running away from home with her boyfriend. Ms. Hollinghurst, 17, was found dead with her boyfriend, Brandon Goode, 18, a block away from where 31 year old police officer Robert German had just been murdered with a gunshot to the head early on Saturday morning.
Police have said that they suspect that the couple committed suicide after murdering Mr German. Ms. Hollinghurst, originally from Oldham, was a former pupil of St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, in Hadfield. She moved to the USA with her parents when she was 11.
Windermere is located 15 miles west of Orlando. It has a population of about 3,000 people and one of the lowest crime rates in Florida, Mayor Gary Bruhn said. He said it was the first line-of-duty death in the town's history. "Violent crime is just not something that happens in the town of Windermere," Bruhn said. "So it's really, really difficult."
"There is a sadness throughout Windermere right now, not just at the Police Department and town offices, but at the stores, businesses and homes," Mayor Gary Bruhn said. "Officer German was well-known and well-liked … one of those men who would take the time to stop and talk to people, and that's one of the reasons he said he liked working in Windermere, because he could do just that."
German had been with the department for five years and just recently returned from desk duty after falling and injuring his shoulder. "He loved working as a police officer and he loved working at Windermere," Bruhn said.
Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith said a memorial fund will be established for the slain officer, a 2001 graduate of Lake Mary High School who was born in Canada. "While this tragedy has shocked all of us, we are privileged to live in a great town that will never forget the sacrifice of Officer German and his fellow law-enforcement officers," Smith said in a statement. "We would again ask that you give the Windermere Police Department, our officers and the family some time to get through this tragedy."
Police Officer Robert German