By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

CIRCLE PINES, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities released the names of the two people involved in a murder-suicide in Circle Pines, Minn.

According to police, two people were found dead at a townhome on the 500 block of Village Parkway on Wednesday morning.

Centennial Lakes Police were first dispatched to the home around 9 a.m. to check on the welfare of a woman who did not show up at work.

Police found the door locked and left. A second welfare call led to police returning and forcing their way inside the home.

Inside, they found the bodies of 36-year-old Jesse Oakley and 26-year-old Nicole Meier. Meier had been shot in the head, and Oakley then killed himself.

Police say the couple were involved in an on-again, off-again relationship. They broke up this past summer and Meier moved out of the home.

Meier’s co-workers overheard her talking to Oakley about meeting to work out money issues.

Meier didn’t want to meet him at the townhome but wanted to meet him in a public place. Authorities said she was afraid to meet him at the home.

Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart said this is a situation where Meier could have called law enforcement and an officer would have gone with her.

“I can’t emphasize enough — people get fearful about it being misinterpreted. Or we’ve even heard people say that ‘We didn’t want to waste your time.’ It’s not a waste of our time. That’s why we’re here,” said Stuart. “So if your instinct is telling you to call … call.”

Authorities previously said they were at the residence twice last summer for domestic calls. They say during one call in June, the boyfriend requested a police escort, and then in August, officers were dispatched there to respond to an argument.

In the August incident, Meier told police that she was sick and tired of the emotional and physical abuse. She never made a police report about abuse however.

Oakley did have a protection order out against him from his former wife.

Comments (18)
  1. lib says:

    She should have trusted her gut.

  2. Really says:

    Ummm….thats exactly what he did

    1. Webb says:

      Ummm………and leave the woman alone! Really

    2. My says:

      Really….Really???? You mean you “really” didnt get that comment??

  3. Disbelief says:

    I Can not believe the disrespect you people have for the families of these 2 people. Keep your comments to yourself, these 2 have families that will read these comments and do not need any more stress added to them.

    1. Myranda says:

      Thank you for posting this. We are struggling the way it is and then have to see stuff like this is unbelievable. She was an amazing women, a wonderful daughter and friend.. Have some respect people.

  4. CC says:

    How sad for the young Woman..Women must get Smart and Pick Your Men wisely..This makes me sick AND VERY SAD..

  5. Bob says:

    Couples should seek counseling if they are having problems. Don’t know if they did in this case, but it should never have to resort to this. Also, the police should not have to babysit.

  6. Basra says:

    If i cant have you, no one can. Men are sooooo annoyingly arrogant and sociopaths. Seriously, their confidence is sooo maddening. May he burn in Hell. He probably thinks he will meet her in heaven, think again looser.

    1. Neighbor says:

      Please don’t generalize – or comment on what you don’t know.

  7. AEHolubar says:

    Todays lfe lesson…never continue to date or marry a man that treats their mother, baby’s mother or strangers horribly. This will be your future and quite possibly… your end.

  8. Friend says:

    Nikki was a beautiful person. She was a hard worker, had an illuminating sense of humor, and was a great friend. The loss is unbearable, and she will be forever loved and missed.

  9. Carl says:

    I offer this only in response to the above comment asking “why would a man need a police escort?”

    Before marrying my wonderful wife, I dated one woman who would hit me, throw things at me, etc. If I grabbed her arm to defend myself & stop the hitting, she would scream “get your hands off me or I’m calling the police!” And then she’d go back to hitting. Yes, there are women out there who think they can hit men and that men shouldn’t be able to do anything to defend themselves. So, to answer your question, there are plenty of circumstances where a man might want a police escort.

    I don’t pretend to know what happened in this situation, so again, this is only in response to your question.

    My heart goes out to both of these people’s families.

  10. Jenny says:

    I’m so sorry for both families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.

  11. New them both says:

    We cannot fix what happened with anger, we don’t know led up to this terrible incident. My heart goes out to both families.

  12. coworker says:

    The real scoop…..Nicole was a wonderful person, coworker, and friend. She had an amazing personality and loved life. She would drop what she was doing to help you if at all possible….which I personally saw her do many times! She had a beautiful smile, a wonderfully big heart, and a extremely infectious laugh. She trusted people. I hate to think of that as a bad thing. I am sadden to say that she will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Her life life was cut short because she trusted people and saw the good in them….something that is a rare commodity these days. To the family and friends of Nicole – to you all, my heartfelt sympanthy.

  13. Neighbor says:

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. No matter which way you look at it, it is a complete tragedy and neither one of them deserved what happened. I pray their souls are both at rest.

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