Woman Found Murdered In Seagoville Identified

Kevin Close was shot and killed by a Seagoville police officer Saturday morning. (Facebook)
Kevin Close was shot and killed by a Seagoville police officer Saturday morning. (Facebook)

SEAGOVILLE – The woman who was found bludgeoned to death early Saturday morning in her Seagoville home has been identified as Lori Valenti, a 49-year-old who relocated to Texas in 2011 from the East Coast.

Valenti, who leased the home at the 600 block of Fran Street a few months ago, was murdered by her boyfriend Kevin Close. The 50-year-old man was shot and killed by a Seagoville police officer after charging responding officers with a fireplace poker and a baseball bat.

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Although a motive for the murder has not been determined, the estranged husband of Valenti believes that the couple’s plan for a reconciliation led to the tragic events.

“She was telling me she was done with (Close) and we were going to work our marriage out,” Terry Valenti told The Dallas Morning News. “And he found out and did what he did.”

Valenti separated from his wife in October and last spoke with her on Friday night.

The police officer who shot Close has been placed on administrative leave. The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Google “Lori Brocuglio Terry Valenti Artvoice”. The victim was anything but an innocent victim. She has conned, stolen, intimidated, screwed over people from one end of the country to another. She met up with Terry and the modern day Bonnie and Clyde is created. I have met over a dozen people across the country that has been screwed over by Lori, me being one. This isn’t the case of an innocent woman being battered, this is karma making a visit. While some may be reading this article saddened, be aware there are many that are breathing easier.

    • Who do you think you are to pass judgment on anyone. Your buddy is a little coward who didn’t get half of what he deserved. I wish he could have lived long enough for someone else to finish the job but good job to the officer who pulled the trigger. He did what ALL OF US WANTED TO DO! Coward took the easy way out

  2. STEVE.YOU little coward grow a set of balls. Lori was no angel but no one has a right to kill no one.and allike the art voice shot is just that it’s shit so show facts she was found not guilty to the check no charges filed in West Seneca and no identity fraud found. So take your unwanted bs and go away show facts numb nut . And what’s your last name Steve put your money where your mouth is

  3. Steve you need to have a heart, this women just lost her life. No matter how many people she might have crewed over she never killed anyone and helped many. If we all had to pay for the things we did in the past like this, we’d all be dead. So be a man and let this women R.I.P. and not say bad things about her. Lori you will be missed, I know own your in heaven now, may GOD be with you

  4. Steve. … your just as much of a coward as the one who beat my friend to death. You have no place to say a god damn thing about her or the family. So do all of us a favor and go screw yourself with some rusty nails. You piece of S&*T.

  5. This woman didn’t deserve anything she got!! I had just met her about 2 weeks ago and she was the sweetest, which shocked me because I was black and they owned confederate flags but not once was she disrespectful to me or any or my boyfriends friends, who are friends with her son. The first and last time I met her , her son invited us all over for his birthday and to get a tattoo and she had expressed that she wanted to get her confederate flag tat covered. It’s sad to know that I’ll never see or get to know her again but what Steve has dealt with is her past I’m not saying she was the best person but SHE WAS FAR FROM VILE! NOBODY EVER DESERVES TO BE BEATEN TO DEATH!!

  6. As a former girlfriend of this psychotic man, I am on the officers side. This was just inevitable. Kevin should not have been released from Terrell, he was there multiple times, and should have been kept. During our three years together there were multiple bizarre incidents. The man was not ok in the head, he put up a great front, and then without warning he would snap and be someone else, someone violent and murderous, he nearly killed me before I got away. I don’t know anything about the woman, but I do know he did not like being told his woman was leaving. I had to leave my own home, that I owned, because there was no way to evict him legally. I had to move to the other side of Dallas, change my phone number, and make sure only certain mail was forwarded. It still took months after turning off all the utilities to get this creep to leave. He trashed my house so bad, I just gave it away to a poor old Hispanic lady. The worst part is, his mom knew he was nuts and could have warned me!

  7. Lori stole all my personal belongings and kept even my grandfathers stuff. I never met such a con artist, liar in my life. She was mad because I ( a female roomie) couldn’t pay all her bills so she didn’t have to do any type of work. she lied about everything and even stuff that doesnt matter. I cant believe her ex wanted her back!! She filed MANY false police reports against him. She has everyone believing he is a monster. I feel sorry for her kids more than anything. I want my stuff back, my condo burned down and I lost everything. All I had left, LORI STOLE. I paid $200 for 2 nights and let her keep that money even tho I was homeless. She threatened me daily. She kept all my clothes, my computer which was all I had left with my kids pics. she kept my car spoiler, the title to my car and baby pics of my kids ect…… I will sue her estate now. Karma is never a good thing when your damn near Satan

    • You really need to stop bad mouthing Lori. I’ve seen you post on several different sites about her saying the same thing. I know who you are. Get over it. And like you’ve been told before you go anywhere near that home the cops will be called.

    • Ashley…..thank you for those words. Everyone goes thru stuff…. I did not know Lori, and April, I am so sorry for your loss….but granted, both are gone…we have no right to judge. only God can do that. How dare all of you who are badmouthing either of them!!!!! I dont care what someone does, noone deserves to be beaten to death, shot, or….just I am so sad right now reading these comments…..wow…… 🙁 Have u ever stopped to consider if it was any of you, how would u want people to talk?? Garbage like I’m seeing on here now?! How dare you. Kevin was a good friend, yes, he had his faults, but again, noone deserves to die the way they BOTH died. I never knew Lori, so I cant say either way…but I can honestly say that my heart goes out to both families. regardless of what u people may think, their families do not deserve to hear or read this garbage! RIP, my friend, and Lori…may u RIP, as well.. pls. people…enough said! 2 people are dead…..tragic. Stop the bad mouthing on both ends! Please!!!

  8. Let me first start off by saying KEVIN CLOSE was my brother and yes he did wrong but there’s more to the story and if ya don’t know fact then keep your mouth shut……..AS FOR THE COMMENT FROM ANGEL DOUGHERTY SHE HAS NO ROOM TO TALK CUZ SHE IS JUST AS MUCH OF A MONSTER AS HE BECAME AND SHE DESERVES TO BE BEAT WITH A BAT…..SHE IS EVIL AND FULL OF IT……..SO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ANGEL……YOU ARE JUST AS BAD AS HE WAS AND LAST I CHECKED NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK…….DON’T SIT AND RUN HIM DOWN WHEN YOUR NO SAINT AND JUST AS EVIL AND MEAN AND HATEFUL…………

  9. VERY SAD = KEVIN NEVER STRUCK ME AS ONE TO SNAP LIKE THIS = HE WAS A GOOD GUY WHEN I DATED HIM BRIEFLY = FOR HIM TO JUST SNAP LIKE THIS ISNT LIKE HIM…
    I ALSO KNOW HE HAD NO PROBLEMS FINDING BEAUTIFUL WOMAN SO TO SAY IT WAS BECAUSE LORI WAS LEAVING = DONT ROMANCE IT KEVIN WAS A GOOD LOOKING MAN =
    TO BOTH FAMILIES = MAY GOD HELP YOU FIND PEACE =
    BO = NO ONE DESERVES TO GET BEAT WITH A BAT = NO ONE !!!! …
    TO THE DAUGHTER = PRAYS FOR YOU DURING YOUR TIME OF LOSS
    KEVINS FAMILY = PRAYS FOR YOU DURING YOUR TIME OF LOSS.. This is a horrible ending = and a shock to many !

  10. Bo freakshow zellmer- or whomever is posting as Kevin’s brother- Here is my opinion on the controversy of Kevin. I had poke salad at grandma’s in Atoka. I even went out and picked her some. I met a fellow there. We all ate together. I offered presents not realizing that would be offensive. If you remember this and are the person I met and Kevin’s actual bio brother, then I would like to say I did not wish Kevin dead, and yes this is shocking, but, I stand by my statement that he had mental instability, was hospitalized repeatedly for it, both prior to our meeting, and while we were together. He was arrested multiple times as well. He would temporarily black out into a psychotic dream-like state. On more than one occasion when he did this he was violent. This is why I had to get away from him. Yes, the rest of the time he was a great guy, an excellent wood-worker and business man, and generous with his friends and family. I am sorry you have lost both your grandmother and your brother. You must feel as alone as I now. I remember the man that day as a nice and full of humour Native American? I don’t know anything about the woman or her children. I am not bad mouthing Kevin, I am a picky woman and he was good enough for me til he went left. Then I found someone so much better. The same person I left before I met Kevin, in a way I guess you could say Kevin was so bad he made my ex look reallll good!

    • first off ANGEL, (you are not one btw..) learn to spell, stop trying to start shit!! How dare u!!! U best look in the mirror bitch …..u deserve to be shot, too, u deserve to be beaten, too..is that what u wanna hear? Cuz yer sure as hell saying that alot!!! I dont even think I know u…nor do I want to! Again, 2 ppl. died tragically……..and RIP to both..my heart goes out to both families. Kevin and I dated a few times, and no..not once did he show the side u guys r portraying! He was kind and gentle and very very sweet!!! U all badmouthers need to pray to your Father for forgiveness..again, u do not know all the facts, so unless u do n were there……respect both families. Shame on you!

  11. Come on Mann! Lori may of made bad choices and good ones!!! But have some fucking respect for her kids….Don’t bad mouth their mother like this…If u had problems w Lori keep to yourself, she is gone, in a tragic way, which no-one deserves!!! what ever problem u had w her its over…She is gone, so grow the fuck up and let it go, ITS OVER!!! Have respect for her kids, they lost a mother they loved…How u felt bout her really don’t matter,by the way, even though she is gone, do u think Lori really gives a shit bout u, and what u think of her, I don’t…She didn’t care for you then, and I am sure she don’t now,either…RIP LORI I STILL LOVE YA!!!

  12. I am NO fan of Lori’s. I myself had restraining orders on her that she violated and had several issues with her, howevershe did not deserve to be killed in that way. I just find it odd how the police in this area have not brought Terry Valenti in for questioning in her murder. He did after all instigate and put the whole thing in motion. He admitted to newspapers, on recordings from the family, that he went and t9ld this Close moron that he and Lori we4e reconciling, which was a lie, fueling the fire and that same day, close went home and blugened her to death. I am no lawyer but isn’t that like premeditated murder or being instrumental in the murder. Perhaps, putting it in motion knowing this mans temper and his history. Sounds to me like this low life wanted to get his hands on something inside that house like the scum sucker that Terry is.

    Sounds to me like that should be investigated.

  13. She was a nasty selfish slut, thief, liar…just desserts. If she did or didn’t fuck you she’d fuck you over. Just because she pushed out 4 kids doesn’t make her a saint. And for every person she “helped” she likely fucked over that person and many others besides. She was sweet like honey to suck you in to her vortex, eventually she fucked you or stole from you or lied to you. She obviously fucked the wrong person over in the end…and he did to her what I’m sure a lot of others only dreamed of doing to her. Terry likely couldn’t find another psycho who had the same scruples so he longed for the only thing accepting and familiar. Sad as shit so many of their victims will never read about this to revel in the outcome.