LIVONIA (WWJ) – A memorial fund has been set up by the family of Jacob Burns, one of the victims of a double murder-suicide in Livonia.

Donations can be made in person or mailed to:

Community Alliance Credit Union
37401 Plymouth Rd. Livonia, MI 48150

Please make checks payable to “Jacob Burns Memorial Fund.” For any questions concerning the donation, contact the credit union at 734-464-8079.

Police say 19-year-old Burns was killed on Wednesday while at his girlfriend’s home on Sunnydale, in the area of Inkster and Five Mile Road.

Investigators say the killings started around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, when 19-year-old Douglas White entered the Livonia home and attacked 46-year-old Angela Kim Staperfene in her bedroom. White then moved on to the room where Burns and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Staperfene’s daughter and White’s ex-girlfriend, were sleeping and attacked Burns.

The girl, a senior at Stevenson High School whose name hasn’t been released, was injured during a struggle with White, but was able to call 911 around 12:20 p.m.

White was later located inside the residence with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police say both Burns and Staperfene died from axe blows to the head.

Police recovered a gun from the scene. An investigation is ongoing.


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