The final Facebook posts of a couple who died in a Monday evening murder-suicide outside of a Dauphin County movie theater tell vastly different stories.
Kelly Kearn posted about Penn State football, and, smiling, she wished a happy birthday to her mom.
Julian Kearn, posted a lengthy accusatory essay about their rocky relationship, airing personal details and hurt feelings before signing off with six ominous words:
“We all die,” it reads. “I choose tonight.”
Julian Kearn, 50, shot and killed his estranged wife, Kelly Kearn, 40, Monday night outside of the Regal Harrisburg movie theater in Susquehanna Township. That was just before killing himself, police said.
Both died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Dauphin County Coroner’s office.
The Kearns were found lying on the ground in the Regal Cinema’s parking lot about 8:45 p.m., police said.
The shooting took place at the far northwestern end of the parking lot at the theater complex near the Progress Avenue interchange of Interstate 81.
On Tuesday afternoon, A Toyota Land Cruiser with Florida plates sat parked outside of the Kearns’ Hampden Township home.
The front of the house, a one-story on the corner of Shiremont and Brookridge drives, is painted a dark Penn State Blue. The paint job hadn’t been finished, and the rest of the house remained its original tan.
A trailer filled with wood sat outside, and mounds of unplanted dirt could be seen in a side yard.
On Tuesday, a Brookridge Driver neighbor said the Kearns were working to renovate the home, which they moved into about two or three years earlier.
“He was always out doing work,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor said he and Julian Kearn often would exchange pleasantries when they saw each other outside. The neighbor also said he knew Julian Kearn had moved to the area from Florida, and that he and Kelly Kearn liked to attend Penn State football games.
Beyond that, the Kearns largely kept to themselves, he said.
A woman who lived next to the couple on Shiremont Drive agreed Tuesday that the Kearns were quiet, respectful neighbors.
But about a month an a half ago, the neighbor said she noticed police outside of the Kearns’ home. Kelly Kearn left shortly after, the neighbor said, and she hadn’t been around as much since.
Kelly Kearn was active on Facebook, where she shared dozens of posts about Penn State University and its football team. That includes a photo of Kelly Kearn posing with her mother and the football team’s coach James Franklin.
In another photo, she is kissing the cheek of the iconic stone Nittany Lion statue.
Kelly Kearn attended the university’s Smeal College of Business, where she majored in management sciences and information systems, according to a university spokeswoman. Kelly Kearn graduated from Penn State in 2001.
“What a very sad situation,” the spokeswoman said. “We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”
Other posts indicated Kearn may have served in the military.
In addition to her posts about Penn State, Kelly Kearn, 40, often shared photos of her trips to Disney. In one, she is posing with Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. In others, she is standing in front of a Guardians of the Galaxy tower ride and the Cinderella Castle.
Julian Kearn wrote about the Disney trips in his own lengthy post to Facebook on Monday evening, only shortly before police said he killed Kelly Kearn and then himself.
The post paints a picture of a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship. It indicates that the couple had been together since at least 2013, and had divorced once in 2016 before remarrying a few months later.
Julian Kearn’s post ends in what seems like an allusion to the later shooting.
“I expect to be vilified by most. Few know pieces of what we experienced,” it read. ” Very few will comprehend. No one will fully understand.”
That message appears alongside a photo of an anniversary card sent from Kelly to Julian Kearn. The card reads, “I couldn’t hope for a more wonderful man to love for the rest of my life.” The words “rest of my life” are underlined.
On Facebook, Julian Kearn also made reference to his daughters, saying: “I cannot forgive … myself for abandoning my daughters and my family in FL.”