The GBI responded to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Clairemont Avenue in downtown Decatur on Wednesday morning to process the scene of an apparent murder-suicide. Two people were found dead inside one of the hotel rooms, according to Decatur police.

Man, woman killed in murder-suicide at downtown Decatur hotel

A man and a woman were found dead Wednesday morning in what Decatur police investigators consider a murder-suicide at a downtown Decatur hotel.

Officers were called about 1:30 a.m. to investigate a report of gunshots at the Courtyard by Marriott on Clairemont Avenue, police spokesman Sgt. John Bender said in a news release Wednesday night.

They found 42-year-old Ranie Overman of Atlanta with at least one gunshot wound and 46-year-old Gerald Loch of Atlanta with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Bender said in the release.

Police said the two were in a relationship.

“We do not believe there are any other suspects involved in this case,” Bender said, adding that no motive has been determined.

The GBI was requested to help process the crime scene.

A hotel guest said he heard 8 to 10 loud pops but assumed they were part of continuing New Year’s Day celebrations. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Hotel guest Mike Zabinski said he heard 8 to 10 loud pops but assumed they were part of continuing New Year’s Day celebrations. 

“I was awakened by several shots, which I presumed were firecrackers, and I went back to bed,” Zabinski told

He said his family woke up Wednesday to find police officers in the elevator and more investigators in the hotel lobby. 


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