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Sheriff: Caretaker kills terminally ill women, then himself

Officials say a 64-year-old Florida man whose wife and stepdaughter were terminally ill fatally shot the women and then called 911 before killing himself

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Officials say a 64-year-old Florida man whose wife and stepdaughter were terminally ill fatally shot the women and then called 911 before killing himself

Highlights

  • Thomas Schultz, 64, called 911 saying family was “in an impossible situation with no way out,” sheriff says.
  • Deputies found Thomas Schultz dead on the back porch, with a revolver next to him.
  • The body of his wife, Joy, was in one bedroom; stepdaughter, in her 50s, in another room.
  • Both women had terminal illnesses, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says.
  • The deaths are at least the ninth suspected murder-suicide involving people from the Tampa Bay area so far this year, the Times reports.
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the sheriff noted that May is mental health Awareness Month.