Former Union alumni found dead

Police in Indianapolis say the deaths of two sisters on Friday are being investigated as a murder-suicide. One of the victims, as well as her alleged killer, were both alumni of Union College.

The two women were identified as Meredith Opel, age 20, and Mallory Opel-Jackson, age 27. The alleged killer fled the state, leading authorities south.

Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas, said their preliminary investigation shows that Mallory Jackson’s husband, Darrell Jackson, took his own life while in his vehicle.

A motive for the murder-suicide is unknown at this time.

A statement from Union College representative Brian Strunk reads, “It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of two young alumni — DJ Jackson and Mallory Opel-Jackson. As we come to terms with the grief that comes with such a loss, we encourage all Bulldogs to stand together. The thoughts and prayers of the Union College community are with the family in this most troubling time.”