By Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Domestic violence killings in Memphis are on the rise, a trend punctuated by two apparent murder-suicides in which authorities say two men killed their wives and themselves on the same day last week.

Citing data from the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission, The Commercial Appeal ( reports that deadly domestic violence incidents claimed 26 victims last year. That’s double the 13 who were killed in 2014. Eight died in 2015.

Police say 57-year-old Thomas Swearengen fatally shot his 65-year-old wife Margaret Swearengen before killing himself on Feb. 19.

Later that day and 10 miles to the west, police say 64-year-old James Lea fatally shot himself and his 55-year-old wife Lisa Lea.

Memphis Area Women’s Council Executive Director Deborah Clubb says the high number of killings signals a domestic violence “epidemic.”


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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