SEAGOVILLE – The woman who was found bludgeoned to death early Saturday morning in her Seagoville home has been identified as Lori Valenti, a 49-year-old who relocated to Texas in 2011 from the East Coast.
Valenti, who leased the home at the 600 block of Fran Street a few months ago, was murdered by her boyfriend Kevin Close. The 50-year-old man was shot and killed by a Seagoville police officer after charging responding officers with a fireplace poker and a baseball bat.
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Although a motive for the murder has not been determined, the estranged husband of Valenti believes that the couple’s plan for a reconciliation led to the tragic events.
“She was telling me she was done with (Close) and we were going to work our marriage out,” Terry Valenti told The Dallas Morning News. “And he found out and did what he did.”
Valenti separated from his wife in October and last spoke with her on Friday night.
The police officer who shot Close has been placed on administrative leave. The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation.