Murder-suicide leaves Elgin residents in shock

Elgin, OK, residents and officials say they are finding it hard to understand what led Raymond Lee Dye to fatally shoot his estranged wife and then himself in a bank parking lot.
BY RON JACKSON Modified: July 21, 2010 at 11:29 am •  Published: July 21, 2010

Mitchell declined further comment.

By all accounts, Raymond Dye's mood swings appeared to escalate after learning of his wife's plans for divorce.

On July 13, Wade Daniel Phair filed a protective order alleging Raymond Dye rode the bumper of his vehicle with his truck, "while sounding his horn through downtown Elgin" the day before.

Phair was a member of a gym the Dyes owned, Bremenkamp said, and was reportedly suspected of flirting with Barbara Dye.

"It's just hard to tell what the truth is at this point," Bremenkamp admitted. "Who knows?"

Interviews with witnesses gave Bremenkamp only a glimpse of the rage.

"Witnesses said Ray blocked Diane with his truck, grabbed her by the arm and tried to pull her toward him," Bremenkamp said. "She fought back, and that's when Ray fired multiple gunshots into her chest. He then turned the gun on himself."

The Dyes owned a local gym and sandwich shop and were very active in the community. Flowers sat outside the couple's gym Tuesday, with photographs of Barbara taped to the window. A sign read, "We will never forget you.... May you finally be in peace."

Barbara Dye also worked as a seventh-grade reading teacher at the Elgin Middle School.

"She was very popular with the students and very good at what she did," Crimmins said.

"She was always very professional. ... Ray, he was such a big supporter. He often brought sandwiches from the shop for various sporting events and sometimes to our faculty meetings.

"These were two people we all knew, and knew well. And now they are gone. We're just absolutely shocked."

The Dyes leave behind two children, Dustin and Morgan. Dustin is training to become a Lawton police officer. Morgan is entering her senior year at Elgin High School.

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