Just months before high-school administrator Dionne Coy-Bailey and her two teenage daughters were found murdered in their Queens home, the assistant principal said she didn't feel safe since her husband had bought a gun. Coy-Bailey even moved out of the 230th Place residence for a few weeks in December with her younger daughter because her husband wouldn't get rid of the high-powered assault rifle. Officials say Mark Bailey used that kill his wife and children yesterday before shooting himself once in the forehead.
Police discovered the bodies of Coy-Bailey, 42, Stony Brook University student Yanique Bailey, 19, and Cardozo HS student Yolanne Bailey, 14, after Coy-Baily's relatives rang the bell yesterday morning and no one answered the door. According to the Post, a relative was able to crack-open a first-floor window and peer into a bedroom. "I looked in and saw someone under the covers ... I reached in and felt a leg and felt it was kind of stiff." The relatives called police, who found the wife and daughters dead, each shot once in the head in their beds. Bailey—a bus driver in Long Island—was found on a living room chair with the 9-millimeter weapon at his feet, according to the Times. A note was found on the kitchen table, stating: "I am sorry. Love, Mark."
It's unclear what lead the Springfield Gardens man to commit the act. Although Bailey had been arguing with his wife about the rifle—which is illegal to carry in New York City—and whether or not they should spend $1,500 on braces for one of the girls, Coy-Bailey's relatives said the bus driver always appeared to be a peaceful man. "They were working things out," said Coy-Baily's sister. "He was nice. He wouldn't do anything. He wasn't threatening anyone."