2 sisters killed in Hubbard County were 'awesome, bubbly and funny'

The suspect committed suicide and two women died of homicide.
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Family and friends have been paying tribute to two sisters shot dead by their brother-in-law in Hubbard County on Thursday night.

Heidi Eve Pierce, 40, and Candi Cheryl Goochey, 37, both of Akeley, were shot and killed Thursday night in Nevis, Minnesota. They were identified Saturday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, which said they died by homicide from gunshot wound. 

The alleged killer has been identified as their sister's husband, 34-year-old Bryce Anthony Bellomo, of Nevis, who shot and killed himself after leading police on a 20-minute chase and then engaging in a shootout with a deputy in a rural area southeast of Nevis. 

"You probably know Heidi and Candi as awesome, bubbly and funny beings," a GoFundMe campaign says. "They probably made your day or just made you smile. They left us too early but their smiles will forever stay in our hearts."

As of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the fundraiser had generated more than $3,300. The proceeds will help pay for funeral expenses and any remaining funds will be given to their children. 

Pierce and Goochey leave behind four and three children, respectively. 

"Our entire family is thanking all of you for the prayers and love you have been pouring out from the time this tragic incident happened," the fundraiser says.

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The Star Tribune reports that Bryce Bellomo and wife Billie had dropped off their three children at the home of their paternal grandmother, who runs an in-home daycare, on Thursday evening.

Pierce and Goochey, Billie Bellomo's sisters, then pulled up in a car and an argument ensued as Bryce Bellomo went outside. He allegedly opened fire on them, killing both.

The Forum News Service reported that Bellomo had been charged with domestic assault for an "incident involving his wife" last year, and had been served divorce papers earlier this month.

How the shootings unfolded

A 911 call around 8 p.m. Thursday reported a shooting at a home on the 100 block of Paul Bunyan Trail in the City of Nevis.

Upon arrival deputies found one of the sisters dead on the driveway and then learned that the suspect, Bellomo, had fled in her car with the other sister dead in the back seat.

Police pursued Bellomo for 20 minutes, with the suspect firing at police and hitting a deputy, causing a non-life-threatening injury. 

The chase ended in a rural area southeast of Nevis, where a shootout ensued between Bellomo and another deputy. Bellomo then got back in his car, where he was found dead a short time later from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The deputy, who was released from the hospital, has not been identified, nor has the deputy involved in the shootout with the suspect. 

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is now investigating the case.

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