Police in Fairbanks have released the names of two people who died by gunshot, in what appears to be a murder-suicide. One of them is the daughter of Joe and Kathleen Miller of Fairbanks. Joe Miller ran against Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate in 2010.
Heath Logan McCloskey, age 32, shot Katy Raye Higgins, age 30, and then turned the gun on himself, the police report says.
Higgins and McCloskey, her fiancé, were found dead Tuesday at McCloskey’s home. An infant and 6-year-old child were found at the apartment, uninjured. The 6-year-old had contacted family after the shooting by using an iPad. Officers arrived at the 200 block of Cushman Street shortly after 2 am.
The children are being cared for by family.
Miller switched his party to Libertarian and ran in 2016 and entered the race for U.S. Senate at the request of the Alaska Libertarian Party.
“Despite being outspent by an enormous margin, Joe won second place in the four-way contest, beating the combined votes of both the Democratic nominee and a well-financed non-affiliated candidate supported behind the scenes by Lisa Murkowski. Notably, Joe won a greater percentage of the vote than any prior Libertarian candidate for federal office in the history of the United States,” he writes on his website, www.joemiller.us.