Peoria mother, daughter died from gunshot wounds

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 19

PEORIA -- According to the County Medical Examiner's Office, Dawn Axsom and her mother, Linda Braden, suffered gunshot wounds. Their deaths have been ruled homicides.

The office also says Gabriel Schwartz shot and killed himself.


PEORIA -- The Peoria Police Department is investigating the deaths of three adults near 75th Avenue and Cholla Street.

Dawn Axsom, 26, lives at the home with her 2-year-old son and mother, Linda Braden, 56.

Axsom did not show up for work Friday morning and co-workers became concerned.

Axsom reportedly has had ongoing problems with her estranged boyfriend, Gabriel Schwartz, 28. She had filed an order of protection against him last month.

The couple had also been fighting over custody and child support of their son.

One of her co-workers lived a few houses down and went to Axsom's home to check on her. She heard the child crying, but no one answered the door.

When police arrived they found Axsom, Braden and Schwartz dead. The child was unharmed.

Police are awaiting autopsy results.