Police: Family Dispute Preceded Apparent Murder-Suicide in Silver Spring

Son allegedly shot mother and himself in her apartment in complex for senior citizens


Elizabeth House, an apartment building with housing for seniors, where an apparent murder-suicide occurred Wednesday.

Joe Zimmermann

A Bethesda man had a dispute with his mother before he allegedly killed her and himself in her downtown Silver Spring apartment Wednesday night, police said.

Garvey Dyer, 61, and his 88-year-old mother Rose Dyer, were found dead from gunshot wounds Wednesday night in her apartment in Elizabeth House, a building with public housing for seniors.

Dyer’s family told police that there had been a “recent dispute” between the two, and that Dyer had informed other family members that he was planning to go to her apartment that night, according to Officer Rick Goodale, a Montgomery County police spokesman.

Concerned about the visit, the family members went to the apartment and called police after they arrived. Police got there at 8:45 p.m.

Goodale said police consider the investigation closed.

Garvey Dyer lived in an apartment on the 4700 block of Bethesda Avenue in downtown Bethesda.

His LinkedIn page lists his most recent job as a project coordinator at an unnamed diabetes nutrition company in the area. Before that, he worked a series of five jobs in Maryland and Washington, D.C., none for more than five months. He had taken a clinical research course at Montgomery College in Germantown in 2013, according to his Facebook page.

Rose Dyer had lived at Elizabeth House at 1400 Fenwick Lane for 12 years, said Shauna Sorells, director of legislative and public affairs for the county’s Housing Opportunities Commission, which manages Elizabeth House.

The staff of the building cooperated with police and are making counselors available to residents “to help with the loss to their community,” she said.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the Dyer family,” Sorells said. “HOC was deeply saddened to hear the news. … Our condolences go out to her family and loved ones.”

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