Conn. couple die in murder-suicide

May 11, 2010

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NORTH HAVEN, Conn.—A Connecticut couple whose son was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks have died in what autopsies determined was a murder-suicide in their North Haven home.

Police say 73-year-old Thomas Vanacore and 70-year-old Joan Vanacore died Monday. Authorities say a visiting nurse who was caring for the couple called 911 at about 3:30 p.m. after returning from an errand.

Neighbors say Thomas Vanacore had late-stage throat cancer and Joan Vanacore had Alzheimer's disease. Police said it appears Thomas Vanacore shot his wife and turned the gun on himself.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday autopsies determined Joan Vanacore's death was a homicide and her husband's death was a suicide.

Neighbors say the youngest of the couple's six children, Edward Vanacore, died in the attacks at the World Trade Center. He was 29.

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