Fairbanks shooting leaves two dead

Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2007

FAIRBANKS - A 16-year-old Fairbanks boy died when he shot himself in the head after shooting his girlfriend and an 18-year-old man on a wooded path over the weekend, Fairbanks police said Monday.

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Daphne Sipary, 16, was pronounced dead early Monday afternoon and John Charles Edward Esmailka was on life-support equipment at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, said Fairbanks Police Det. Chris Nolan.

The dead teen was identified as Joshua Steven Hjelm of Fairbanks, the boyfriend of Sipary, a former St. Marys resident who had lived in Fairbanks for some time.

The motive in the shooting was unclear, although Hjelm had become upset with Sipary over her spending time with another male, but not Esmailka, according to Nolan.

Police and Alaska State Troopers responded to reports of the shooting and found Hjelm dead in the road at Mercier Street. Next to him was a small-caliber gun.

Both Sipary and Esmailka had been shot in the temple.

The two were taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and then flown to the Anchorage hospital.

Lt. Dan Welborn said nine people, including Hjelm, Esmailka and Sipary, had gathered Saturday night on the path where the shootings occurred.

Police said there was evidence of alcohol at the gathering, but they have not determined whether Hjelm, Esmailka or Sipary had been drinking.

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