SJ - April 14, 2021
Molly Lillard, the 28-year-old daughter of former NFL player Al Toon, was killed on Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide. Her husband Royce Lillard is believed to have shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself.
The couple's 8 month old child was also in the home at the time. The child was not hurt.
According to an incident report from the Scottsdale Police Department, officers responded to reports of a shooting at a home just before 5 p.m. Sunday in the 8600 block of East Thornwood Drive in Arizona and found Molly Lillard, whose maiden name is Toon according to public records obtained by NBC15, in the front of the home with gunshot wounds.
She was transported to a local hospital, but did not survive due to the injuries she suffered. Police also say the couple’s 8-month-old child was present at the time of the shooting, but was not injured. Scottsdale PD added that the child is in the care of family.
In a tweet by longtime sports journalist Rob Reischel, he confirmed that Molly Lillard was the 28-year-old Molly Toon.
Police believe she was shot by her 36-year-old husband, Royce Dale Lillard III, who had locked himself inside of the house at the time of the incident. SWAT officers entered the home around 10:45 p.m. and found him dead from what was believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police report.
Thankfully the child wasn't hurt, but it's still an unspeakable tragedy for the Toon family. It doesn't do much for those going through the terrible event, but thoughts and prayers to the Toon family.
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