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The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
May 18, 1999
Author: DONNA J. ROBB PLAIN DEALER REPORTER
Alfred and Mildred Boyd’s home was spotless. A steak was thawing in the refrigerator.
But when Macedonia police entered the Boyds’ townhouse at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, they found the couple dying on their bed. Lt. Dave Dillon said yesterday that Alfred M. Boyd, 65, shot his wife in the chest, then shot himself in the head. Mildred Boyd, 71, died at 9:15 a.m. at Meridia Medical Center in Sagamore Hills Township. Alfred Boyd was pronounced dead before 9 a.m. at the home.
Dillon said Alfred Boyd, a retired security guard, telephoned his stepdaughter, Margaret Zellers, seconds before he shot himself.
“He told Margaret he had just killed her mother and that he was going to kill himself, then he hung up,” Dillon said.
Zellers, of Maple Heights, dialed 9-1-1, and Maple Heights police dispatchers called the Macedonia Police Department at 8:27 a.m.
“We found a very nice, everything-in-its-place home. Mildred had taken a steak out of the freezer to thaw for dinner. We found them, still in their nightclothes, on the bed barely alive,” Dillon said.
He said both of the Boyds had been taking Prozac, an anti-depressant medication, and that Zellers told him her stepfather had become increasingly nervous and withdrawn over the last three weeks. Dillon said there was gunpowder on Margaret Boyd’s hands, but there were no signs of a struggle and no suicide note.
Dillon said friends of the Boyds told police that Alfred Boyd was upset about the loss of woods near the couple’s townhouse on Strawbridge Circle. The trees were recently cleared for more townhouses.
The Boyds moved last fall to Macedonia from Garfield Heights. They had also lived in Maple Heights for more than 20 years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Ferfolia Funeral Home on Lee Rd. in Maple Heights.
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