Tara Johnston described her husband in a Facebook post for Valentine's Day as “the most wonderful husband in the world!!”
Now police believe he killed her and their 1-year-old daughter, Allison, before killing himself.
Mother and daughter were found dead Tuesday in the family's home at 12732 Teakwood Road.
Police in Las Vegas found the body of her husband, Daniel Johnston, 29, in a hotel room Tuesday night.
“Investigators believe Mr. Johnston killed his wife and daughter before flying to Las Vegas this past Sunday,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. “His death appears to be a suicide.”
Terri Guinn worked with Tara Johnston, 29, at Chicas Mexican Cafe, where Johnston waited tables. Guinn said Johnston was an amazing person who will be missed by those who knew her.
“No matter what she had going on, the death of her grandma, money situations, anything, she was always happy and positive,” Guinn said. “She loved her daughter. Allison was her life.”
Guinn said she tried to call her co-worker Sunday night and got no answer. Tuesday, she left her a message saying she was going to call the police if she didn't hear back.
But police were already at Johnston's home. They got a tip from Edmond police about 8 a.m. Tuesday that two people possibly were dead inside the home. After getting a search warrant, they found the bodies of Tara Johnston and Allison Johnston.
Guinn said she never saw any indication that Daniel Johnston was abusive toward his wife or that they were having marital problems.
“He was just so quiet,” Guinn said. “I don't even know how to describe him. I know they were going back and forth on whether to have another baby.”
Tara Johnston's Facebook page portrays a happy marriage and is dominated by photos of Allison. On Feb. 14, Tara Johnston posted a message to Daniel Johnston that read: “Happy Valentine's Day to the most wonderful husband in the world!!”
Guinn said it's hard to believe that something like this could happen to someone with such a positive outlook.
“There is just nothing negative to say about her,” Guinn said. “She was an amazing person. Her daughter was beautiful. She looked like her mom.”
Police did not release any information on the cause of death for the couple and their daughter.