Man Kills Wife in Nursing Home, Then Turns Gun on Himself

A community is in shock after a 66-year-old man brought a gun to a nursing home, shot his wife, and turned the gun on himself. The man's wife, 69, went to the nursing home to recover from a broken hip, police said. Police said they haven't come up with a clear motive for the murder-suicide that occurred Sunday evening at the nursing home.

Experts say murder-suicides in the elderly are often committed out of depression and desperation. Nursing-home workers are encouraged to be alert to situations where a spouse who visits regularly looks agitated or seems overwhelmed. Of the roughly 2,000 murder-suicides a year in the U.S., about 300 to 500 of them involve people over the age of 55, according to the Denver Post. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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