The Desert Sun
December 31, 2005
...David McGowan, the popular former Cathedral City police officer-turned-Riverside County district attorney's investigator was found to have killed them as they slept before turning the gun on himself, a revelation that provoked sadness, anger, shock and disbelief... Riverside County sheriff's deputies found five people shot dead in their beds in their sprawling Garner Valley home. A sixth body, that of Riverside County district attorney's investigator David McGowan, was found dead in the home's entryway. They were all gone: 14-year-old son Chase; 10-year-old daughter Paige; and 8-year-old daughter Rayne, who loved the outdoors and their mountain home above Palm Desert;
Karen McGowan, a pioneering Cathedral City firefighter from a longtime valley firefighting family, a loving mother who was also, friends described, tough as nails; her mother-in-law, Angela, 75, who recently moved onto the family's Garner Valley property...