- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Chesterfield County believe a retired physician fatally shot his paralyzed and terminally ill wife before turning the gun on himself.

Chesterfield County police Capt. Michael Louth tells news outlets that a home health care worker discovered the bodies of 68-year-old Marilyn A. Rudzinski and 73-year-old Dennis J. Rudzinski on Wednesday morning inside their Richmond-area home. Their deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Longtime friend and neighbor Sally Ward tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1RaPjkZ ) that Marilyn Rudzinski had stage IV melanoma cancer, which had spread down her spine and paralyzed her.

Ward says that Dennis Rudzinski sent an email to a group of his neighbors about an hour before the shootings, thanking them for their support. The neighbors had been taking turns assisting the couple.


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