Elderly Couple Believed Murder-Suicide Victims — (Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles Times

January 14, 1999

SYLMAR — An adult daughter of an elderly Japanese American couple found her parents shot to death in their Sylmar home Wednesday, victims of an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Officers were called to the home in the 13200 block of Wheeler Avenue after receiving a 911 call at 10:10 a.m. from the daughter, said Lt. Rick Papke of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division.

Some of the couple’s children had come for a visit and found the bodies, he said.

The 82-year-old husband, a retired flower grower, is believed to have shot his 80-year-old wife and then turned the gun on himself, Papke said.

A handgun was found in the house, along with antidepressant medication for the husband, who had recently suffered a stroke, he said.

The couple’s identities were being withheld pending notification of other family members, he said.