Mother who was slain in murder-suicide found by son

A West Boca mother of four was shot to death by her boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

The bodies of Laura Randall, 53, and Gregory Schatz, 45, were discovered by Randall’s 17-year-old son a little before 4 p.m. Monday, relatives and authorities said.

The double shooting took place in a home in the 22000 block of Southwest 57th Circle, east of State Road 7 and north of West Hillsboro Boulevard, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Randall’s father, Joseph Altheimer, who lives in Boca Raton, said on Tuesday he had never met Schatz, and to the best of his knowledge his daughter had been seeing him for the past several months.