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Woman, estranged husband in Arnold murder-suicide were meeting for child's birthday dinner

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Linda Marie Cook. Credit: KMOV Linda Marie Cook. Credit: KMOV
ARNOLD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A woman was meeting her estranged husband in Arnold for their child's birthday dinner Friday when he shot and killed her and then killed himself.

Arnold police confirmed 32-year-old Linda Cook died Monday after she was shot by her estranged husband, 31-year-old Johnny Cook.

The shooting happened Friday evening at the Arnold Commons, located near Interstate 55 and Highway 141, around 7:30 p.m.

Police said Linda had a restraining order against Johnny but agreed to meet him for dinner at Texas Roadhouse. A friend said the two were with their three kids for a birthday dinner for one of the children.

According to police, Johnny shot Linda inside a vehicle with the kids also inside. He then got out of the car and shot and killed himself.

Linda was taken to the hospital in critical condition but died Monday. Johnny was confirmed dead at the scene.

A friend told News 4 she and a group of mothers are collecting items to help support the children.

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