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A former city elect, half of a Florida “beloved” couple deeply rooted in their Lakeland community, were murdered along with her husband in what appears to be a robbery by a suspect, Marcelle Waldon, now arrested for police.
Edie Yates Henderson, who passed away with her husband David, served on the Lakeland Town Commission for 12 years
Edie Yates Henderson Age
Edie Yates Henderson, 67, served on the Lakeland City Commission for three consecutive four-year terms ending in 2018. The City of Lakeland posted this on their Facebook page.
She and her husband, attorney and real estate investor David Henderson, 63, along with their two children and another business partner, were co-owners of the historic luxury hotel Terrace, which they bought last August from The Ledger-Journal.
The bodies of the couple were discovered by police at their lakeside home Tuesday after their son said he couldn’t text his mother and then went to the residence and found her on file, police said.
The two victims were stabbed, Chief Detective Sam Taylor said at a news conference Thursday.
The loss of the couple was an “unspeakable tragedy,” he said. “The crime scene, as you can imagine, was absolutely terrible.”
Police said Edie was attacked and killed Tuesday morning while her husband was out for breakfast and that David was stabbed to death after he returned home to pick her up. Taylor said Edie’s breakfast was still on the kitchen table when police arrived.
Suspect Marcelle Waldon Age
Suspect Marcelle Waldon, 36, was arrested Wednesday night at a Lakeland motel.
In a statement, police said: “The suspect’s original intention is believed to be evidence-based robbery. The LPD reported that there was no evidence of forced entry; the murders appear to be an accidental act, and the suspect does not appear to have any connection to the Hendersons at this time, but the investigation is still ongoing. “”
Police claim the suspect stole a vehicle from the home and then set it on fire.
An associate of the suspect took police to Waldon and said he saw Waldon with jewelry and other items that were allegedly taken to Henderson’s home, Taylor said.
“You were two very dear people,” he said. “You went to Lakeland High School, you graduated from Lakeland High School, obviously a city commissioner. She has community connections, so it’s a hit. It hurt.”
The couple were murdered in a house that Edie Henderson and her first husband Steve Baylis, who died in 2010, built based on architectural designs from a neighbor on Lake Morton. The two had met as classmates at Lakeland High School, where she was student council president and he was vice president, and they later ran a financial planning and accounting firm together, according to The Ledger.
Edie and David Henderson married in 2012. They had an adult son, Todd, from Edie’s first marriage and another, William, from David’s first marriage.
“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Edie and David,” the City of Lakeland said in a statement.
Waldon is being held at the Polk County Jail on eleven charges, including two first-degree homicides for which bail is not posted, PEOPLE confirms. Additional charges include armed robbery and bodily injury, robbery with a firearm, tampering with evidence, arson, attempted arson, and kidnapping with intent to cause personal injury and theft of titles.
It was not possible to determine if he had a lawyer or if he had filed the charges against him.