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Saturday, March 27, 2010
[GA] Former State Senator Nancy Schaefer killed in husband's murder-suicide
SCHAEFER'S HUSBAND WAS SHOOTER, LAW AUTHORITIES SAY
Finances believed to be linked to shooting death of former state senator and her spouse
By Stephen Gurr
March 27, 2010 9:01 p.m.
Troubled by financial problems, the husband of former state Sen. Nancy Schaefer shot his wife to death as she lay sleeping Friday morning before turning the gun on himself, authorities said Saturday... [Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell] said a handgun was used in the shootings and was found near Bruce Schaefer's body. An autopsy showed Nancy Schaefer died from a gunshot wound to the back and that Bruce Schaefer died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Authorities believe Nancy Schaefer was asleep when she was shot... [State Rep. Rick] Austin announced her death from the House floor Friday evening... Austin, who knew Schaefer for several years, described the former lawmaker as "a great, graceful lady, who was very involved in her community and very passionate about the issues that concerned her. She's going to be deeply missed"... Schaefer and her husband had five children and 13 grandchildren. [Full article here]
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