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Husband kills wife, her brother, himself

A St. Petersburg man and his sister were shot and killed Saturday in Texas by the woman's estranged husband, who then killed himself, police say.

Scott Bostian, 33, and his sister, Sheryl Ann Washington, 42, were shot in the head outside a Denny's restaurant in Grapevine, said Detective Bob Murphy of the Grapevine Police Department.

Bostian accompanied his sister "either as a witness or for protection" while she met with Danny Jay Washington, 43, to discuss their separation, Murphy said. The two had lived together in Arlington before she moved to Grapevine, between Dallas and Fort Worth, shortly before Christmas.

Bostian waited outside while Sheryl and Danny Washington spoke in the restaurant. After they came out at 5:30 p.m., Murphy said, there was a confrontation in the parking lot.

Although there were no witnesses to the shooting, Murphy said Danny Washington shot Bostian and then shot his wife and himself.

"Whether he was intending on a murder-suicide is certainly a distinct possibility," Murphy said. "He came there with a gun. He was carrying a .38-caliber revolver."

Bostian's body was found on the parking lot. Sheryl and Danny Washington's bodies were found in Sheryl's red Dodge pickup, which had rolled out of the parking lot and stopped across the street.

Randy Breece, 33, who is Bostian's neighbor on 27th Street N in St. Petersburg, described Bostian as a good friend who liked to play golf and paintball.

Bostian, who had tattoos and long hair, "was hiding a big heart underneath," Breece said. "He had a lot of charisma."

Bostian installed tile and remodeled homes, Breece said. He had gone to Texas to visit his family.

"The truth of the matter is people really cared about him," Breece said. "He wasn't a fair-weather friend. He wasn't selfish."