‘This Was a Guy Who Snapped': Minnesota Screenwriter Killed Wife, Child Execution-Style, Report Says

New grisly details have emerged about a Minnesota screenwriter who police say shot his wife and child before killing himself.

The bodies of 29-year-old David Crowley, his 28-year-old wife Komel Crowley and their 5-year-old daughter Raniya Crowley were discovered in their Apple Valley home on Jan. 17, 2015, according to NBC affiliate KARE 11. A neighbor made the discovery after peeping through the window of their home, having noticed packages accumulating at their doorstep.

Police said each family member died of a single gunshot wound to the head around Dec. 26, 2014, according to the station. Additionally, the medical examiner's office did not find evidence suggesting physical struggle before their deaths.

But a 94-page police report published by the Pioneer Press Friday claims David Crowley killed his wife and daughter execution-style before ending his own life.

The publication reported citing police documents that David Crowley wrote on a wall in the home the words “Allahu Akbar” -- meaning "God is greatest" -- in his wife’s blood. Investigators believe the words were Crowley's "last little shot by him, a sarcastic thing aimed at (Komel's) Muslim past," Apple Valley Police Chief Jon Rechtzigel told the Pioneer Press.

According to the publication, Komel was raised Muslim in Pakistan but converted to Christianity when she tied the knot with David, whom she met when he was stationed in the army in Texas during 2008.

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In the living room where the bodies were located was a copy of the Quran smeared with blood, according the report. It was open to a page with a Muslim forgiveness prayer for the dead.

Investigators found a MacBook laptop plugged into a wall socket, the Pioneer Press reported. As authorities swabbed the keyboard for DNA, the computer "woke up" and showed a message in a TextEdit window reading: "I have loved you all with all of my heart."

A notebook with dried blood on it was also open to a page with the words, "open 'The Rise' " and "most recent version," according to the Pioneer Press.

"What it all adds up to is this was a guy who snapped," Rechtzigel said to the publication. "To cross that line, to go to that level of violence -- and this is domestic violence, make no ifs ands or buts about it ... I mean, you take the lives of your daughter and your wife and besides that you're writing things on the wall in blood. Nobody thinks to do that unless they're really of a deranged mind at that point."

The bodies were found badly decomposed and had been ravaged by the family's dog, which police said was found alive, according to the Pioneer Press.

Collin Prochnow, the neighbor who discovered the bodies, told Kare 11 David Crowley was a filmmaker who wrote and directed a movie called "Gray State," about the militarization of the U.S. Pioneer Press identified the following YouTube clip as a trailer for the film, which was never released.

David Crowley was also working on a second project named "The Rise," which he described in an email as "a manifesto on the Gray State model," the Pioneer Press reported.

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