WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Public Safety said they remain committed to protecting victims of domestic violence after an employee was killed by her former boyfriend Wednesday.

Courtney Gaboriault, 29, died outside her apartment in Barre on Wednesday from gunshot wounds in what police are describing as a homicide and suicide related to domestic violence. Her former boyfriend, Luke Lacroix, 30, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gaboriault worked for the department for five years, most recently with the Vermont Marijuana Registry. Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas D. Anderson described Gaboriault's killing as a "senseless act."

"Domestic violence touches us all — and yesterday it touched the men and women of the Department of Public Safety in a particularly direct and heart-wrenching manner. The epidemic of domestic violence requires attention from every one of us, and victims need our full support and understanding," said Anderson

Anderson said the department, which oversees the Vermont State Police and the Vermont Crime Information Center, remains committed to supporting victims of domestic violence and holding offenders accountable with the hopes of preventing future incidents.

"It is important to remember that domestic violence is about the offender's need for power and control, not a potential consequence of falling in love," Anderson added.