Suwanee Couple Had 'A Truly Loving Relationship'

Reaction about Steve and Charissa Thomas is flowing after her October shooting death at their home.

Some people who knew Steven and Charissa Thomas say the Suwanee couple had a loving relationship and feel that her recent death in a shooting incident at their home was accidental.

"I got to know Steve and Charissa and had witnessed a truly loving relationship," former Suwanee resident Clay Shy said via email recently.

Shy, who now lives at Lake Lanier, sold the Riverview Run Lane home to the Thomases in August (sale by owner) and said, "I know a lot of what's going on. ... I also am sure this was an accident."

"Have spoken with Steve a lot since the accident, obviously he is having a very hard time. Such a tragedy."

Charissa Thomas was found dead by police at the Chattahoochee Run subdivision residence early on October 10. Officers had responded after a man identified as Steven Thomas told the police dispatcher that he "accidentally shot his wife in the head."

Her body was found at the top of the stairwell. A gun and a cell phone were found near her body.

Steven Thomas was taken into investigative detention and later released. Suwanee Police say the investigation is continuing, and no charges have been filed.

Shy added via email that he got to know the Thomases well during the house sale.

"I was over at the house on Sunday evening before the accident ... They are/were so happy with each other ... After 25 years of marriage!  I had told them numerous times how remarkable it is that 2 people could be so happy after 25 years of marriage. That is what is so sad.

"Have spoken with Steve a lot since the accident, obviously he is having a very hard time. Such a tragedy."

-- Did you know Steve and/or Charissa Thomas? What are your reactions to this incident? Tell us in the comments below.

Commenter Sarah Wimmer said on a Suwanee Patch article:

"As a close friend of both Steve and Charissa, I can share that this was a horrific accident. All of us who love and knew Charissa ask that you share your prayers instead of curious speculation."

 See also:

  • Suwanee Police Still Investigating 'Accidental' Fatal Shooting


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Lisa November 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM
When might we expect an update on this story? Quite frankly I'm surprised at the little coverage considering an obviously popular young woman is dead. "Loving relationship" or not, someone was killed and many of us want to see justice or at least an explanation.
Steve Burns November 01, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Lisa, Suwanee Police have said the investigation is continuing, which we have reported. When there is some change in that status, we'll report that too.
Alma B November 18, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I'm a good friend of Charissa, and very angry about losing her.... She was truly a ray of sunshine. How could this happen to her. I want to understand. Please help
Lisa January 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Is this shooting still under investigation?
Steve Burns January 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Yes, Lisa.


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