Dr. Emily Champion
Update October 28, 2014
A Louisiana equine veterinarian has been identified as one victim of a triple homicide in Kentucky.
A motive is still unknown, but Kentucky State Police have identified three family members killed as Emily Champion, 31, and her parents, Lindsey Champion, 62 and Joy Champion, 60. They died from gunshot wounds.
Also found at the scene Sunday afternoon was the body of the suspected gunman, 22-year-old Vito Riservato.
Ryan Champion, Emily’s brother, survived the shooting. He was released from the hospital Sunday. The siblings were visiting their parents and had just returned from church. Champion told Lex19 News that Riservato showed up and started shooting. He said he managed to shoot and kill Riservato. The lone survivor says he “turned the tables” on Riservato, who they knew for a week, which allowed him to escape unharmed.
State Police Trooper Jay Thomas said they are looking into the relationship between the Champions and Riservato, who lived about 20 miles away in Hopkinsville.
Emily Champion was a veterinarian at Baronne Veterinary Clinic in Sunset, Louisiana since 2009. The clinic posted a message on Facebook regarding her sudden death.
“We are saddened to report the passing of our Dr. Emily Champion. Her passion and love for her clients, horses and human, is a gift we will cherish forever.”
The young horse lover graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.
Joy Champion retired from teaching after 30 years serving the students of Trigg County. Lindsay Champion retired as a long-time director of Farm Credit Services and was a church elder.
Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday. The investigation continues.