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Police: Husband killed terminally ill wife, then himself, stating he couldn't live without her

Twinsburg home where couple were found dead
Posted at 11:19 AM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 14:29:53-05

TWINSBURG, Ohio — Authorities in Summit County are investigating after a husband and wife were found dead from a murder-suicide, according to a news release from the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.

Twinsburg police, along with the medical examiner's office, are investigating after Nina M. Houston, 87, and her husband, John B. Houston Jr., 87, were found dead at their home on Ridgewood Court on Monday night.

The Twinsburg police chief told News 5 that Nina Houston was terminally ill and was not going to make it much longer. The chief said John Houston Jr. left a note that stated that he couldn't live without her, so he took her life and then his own.

The couple was found dead by relatives on Monday afternoon and were both pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m., the medical examiner said.

After conducting autopsies, the medical examiner confirmed Nina Houston died from a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner confirmed John B. Houston Jr. died from a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of his death was ruled a suicide.

No further information was released at this time.

If you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide or need to talk, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or, if you’re in Cuyahoga County, call FrontLine Service at (216) 623-6888.