According to people familiar with the situation, 56-year-old Rodney Ezrapour, who according to Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards, shot and killed Kristina Sue Adams before turning the gun on himself, at one point had a relationship with the victim’s mother, Cindy Adams. This has not been confirmed by Edwards or state police.
According to Edward’s office, Ezrapour laid in wait in the early morning hours of August 20 for the victim to return home. When Kris arrived at the residence on Cemetery Road, she was with 37-year-old Toby Johannes, who neighbors say was her boyfriend. He was also shot, but not seriously enough to prevent him from leaving the scene and seeking help.
A neighbor in the community of large, suburban-style homes on Cemetery Road said that, before the shooting, Ezrapour parked his car in a driveway across the street, presumably so that Kris would not realize that he was waiting for her.
In the absence of factual information, neighbors are speculating about the motive: one said that Ezrapour shot the wrong person and intended to target Cindy; another said he intended to inflict maximum emotional harm on Cindy and therefore targeted her daughter; another said that Kris had opposed her mother’s relationship with Ezrapour, and that’s why she was targeted.
Authorities so far have revealed little about the apparent murder/suicide. They have released such details as the fact that Ezrapour had residences in Damascus Township and in New York City; that Johannes was treated at CMC in Scranton and later released; and that the incident seemed to be a case of domestic violence.
Edwards released a statement on August 21, which said, “The Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating this terrible incident, and no further information will be released until they have completed their initial investigation. Due to the swift response and presence of the state police in Damascus Township, I wanted to assure the citizens of Damascus Township that this appears to be a case of domestic violence, the details of which will be released at the appropriate time.”
The Pennsylvania State Police issued a press release later the same day essentially confirming Edwards’ sketchy account of the crime.
Kris was a life-long resident of the area and worked as an office manager for Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg. She was a graduate of Marywood University, with a BA in interior architecture design. She was also a volunteer at Equinunk Overlook Fire Department and various other organizations. A family statement reads, “Kris was an amazing, caring and loving daughter, stepsister and granddaughter. She was always involved in giving back to her community.” See obituary on page 8.
Ezrapour was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, and according to his bio on the website www.kidsrockingcancer.com , he was the executive director of that nonprofit organization, which fights cancer in children. In 1982, he founded the company Travel Bound, which arranges group travel overseas.
In remembrances on the website www.legacy.com , an acquaintance wrote, “We cannot comprehend or believe that Rodney has left us. He was a light in so many lives, an inspiration to seek justice and dignity for all.”
Ezrapour ended his life with a single shot to the mouth.