Former SNL star Cheri Oteri lost her father to murder over the weekend. Nashville Music Producer Gaetano Thomas Oteri was killed by his roommate and friend, songwriter Richard Fagan.

Allegedly, Saturday night Fagan stabbed Oteri with a pocket knife. Fagan and Oteri had collaborated on several of Fagan’s songs, and on Fagan’s own website, Oteri is credited with helping Fagan through tough times:

“Many years ago when Fagan was down and out (see Fagan bio), it was Tommy who took him in and put him on a path to songwriting stardom.”

Richard Fagan Gaetano Thomas Oteri

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheri and her family at this difficult time.

[source: OK!Magazine, images: Getty and Celebitchy]