- Atlanta couple Ronnell Burns, 46, and Keianna Burns, 44, died in a murder-suicide a week after Keianna disclosed she was going through a difficult time
- She asked friends to pray for her and said she was having a ‘gloomy day’ days before she fatally shot and killed her husband, then turned the gun on herself
- The couple owned a salon, sold insurance and relocated to Atlanta about six months before their deaths to build their businesses
- They leave behind eight children, who were not home at the time of their deaths
A married couple with eight children who moved to Atlanta to expand their businesses died in a murder-suicide weeks after the wife disclosed she was struggling to adjust to life in Georgia and asked for prayers.
The couple was home alone shortly before 9 pm on November 6 when Keianna Burns, 44, fatally shot her 46-year-old husband, Ronnell Burns.
She then shot herself.
Hours earlier, Keianna Burns shared a video online that showed her dancing and singing with her young daughter, who police said was with a relative at the time of the incident.
Weeks earlier, on October 30, she called on her friends to help her through a difficult time.
‘I’m asking you one thing – because I really need it right now – I need prayer,’ ‘I need prayer, I need strength, I need love,’ she said in a Facebook live video.
‘Pray for me.’
The family moved to Atlanta from St. Louis, Missouri, about six months before the tragedy to expand their Kritique Designs Beauty & Barber Salon and grow their Primerica Insurance clientele.
Keianna Burns painted a rosy picture of her life on social media.
She boasted about a new Maserati Levante her husband gave her last year, and shared photos of her trunk stuffed with Louis Vuitton shopping bags.
Despite keeping up appearances online, she confessed recently that she was having a hard time adjusting to the move.
‘You have to be prepared for life changes,’ she said during her Facebook live video. ‘Things in your life can change for the good or the bad overnight -literally. If you don’t think you’re a strong enough individual, some things may take you out.’
She told her followers that she needed their support as she worked through a difficult time.
‘They help me through my gloomy days because yes, I do have them,’ she said. ‘And if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m having one right now.’
News of the power couple’s death rippled throughout their vast network of friends and colleagues.
‘To know this couple Keianna Burns and Ronnell Burns you had no choice but to love them,’ Rowena Terry posted on Facebook.
‘They were selfless, loving, and caring. A lot of ppl say money makes you act different but not them. They are so down to earth.
‘And very humble. They lit up any room they walked in. Motivational to others and only wanted to change the world.’
Police said there was no history of domestic violence at the family’s Atlanta home.
The couple shares biological children as well as some from previous relationships.
Ronnell Burns was previously married and appeared on an episode of Divorce Court with his first wife, who he accused of cheating on him.
His ex accused him of ruining her credit history.
Ronnell said in a video posted to YouTube that he and his current wife also had discussed divorcing.
‘We decided we was going to get a divorce, that we didn’t want to be with each other no more,’ he said. ‘We were just done with each other.’
He said in the video, filmed earlier this year, that the couple decided to work it out.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.