Audrey Lowndes shooting: Murder or a tragic accident?
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Lowndes's boyfriend/fiance, James Malin, who goes by the name McCabe, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. But he was subsequently released, and even members of Lowndes's family support his assertion that the shooting was a tragic accident instead of a slaying.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, whose in-depth account we highly recommend, Lowndes faced plenty of challenges during her life, including what's described as "mistreatment by her late father while growing up [that] left her somewhat mentally disturbed" and a propensity to use alcohol as an escape.
Nonetheless, she is portrayed as loving, and much loved.
Audrey's brother Tasker, who wrote about his sister in a heartfelt post on ObitsForLife.com, characterizes Malin as a positive influence on her.
Another Facebook photo of Audrey Lowndes.
"We would like to emphasize just how much we've appreciated the effort he gave to being a loving and stabilizing force for Audrey," Tasker writes.
The couple certainly look happy in photos Audrey shared on Facebook. Here, for instance, is her profile pic:
"From the very first we were informed of the incident, we could not believe McCabe to be capable of such a crime, and we still hold firmly to that belief," Tasker notes in the ObitsForLife.com post. "Audrey never gave us any indication of him being cruel; in fact, he was quite the opposite. We believe this to be, instead, a very tragic accident."
Continue for more about the death of Audrey Lowndes, including additional photos and a link to an audio recording made shortly before the shooting.