Names of Murder-Suicide Victims Released


The following is a press release from the Hastings Police Department:

The Hastings Police Department is continuing its investigation in the death of Julie A. Cronk, age 39, of 1805 W. 5th Street, Hastings, Nebraska. She was shot to death by her ex-husband Bradley Joe Cronk, age 34 of 226 E. 2nd Street, Hastings, Nebraska.

It appears that Bradley Cronk had confronted Julie in her driveway at approximately 3:00 a.m., Saturday June 7, 2008. Julie fled to the west and was again confronted and shot three times by Bradley. The firearm was a .45 cal semi-automatic pistol.

Bradley then fled the area. He was later found south of Hastings, dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Autopsies were conducted yesterday by Dr. Bowen at the Douglas County Health Center, 4201 Woolworth Ave in Omaha.

The Hastings Police Department continues to seek information about this incident. Persons who have any knowledge about the individuals are asked to call the Hastings Police Department at 402/461-2380.