Husband commits murder-suicide ‘out of love’ after posting plan on Facebook

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DOVER, N.H. — A couple was found dead inside a New Hampshire hospital after the husband apparently shot his wife and then himself shortly after outlining his plans in a Facebook post.

Police responded to gunshots inside a critical care room at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Mark Lavoie shot his wife, Kathy, “out of love,” Lavoie’s sister told the Associated Press.

Hospital officials said the facility was never on lockdown because the shooting was isolated to the private room.

Lavoie, 50, explained himself in a post on his Facebook page several minutes before the shooting:

“I want to start off by saying this is going to be officially ruled a murder/suicide when in all actuality it is a double suicide … My baby was trying to escape the bi-polar demons that have been swirling around in her brain since childhood and now because of my selfishness in dialing 911 she is experiencing the only thing she feared more than her illness … life support on a respirator.”

In the post, Lavoie gave instructions with what to do with his possessions and 401(k).

“I am more than happy to sacrifice my life to fix my doing and join her spirit in a happier place,” Lavoie wrote in the Facebook post. “Please don’t mourn for me, my spirit will be in a much better place with my soul mate; you may even catch a glimpse of us from time to time.”

Lavoie ended his Facebook post with a final farewell:

“Love you all, peace out!”

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  • glenda

    Bless his soul and their spirits.
    My brother in law murdered / stabbed my sister (45) 2 1/2 yrs ago…
    Then took his own life with a gun.
    There was no note, no explaination, it still makes no sense.
    This man @ least put closure to what happened and why.
    I was ask by newspapers, media how do you feel about him, about his family….
    My reply was this….
    Two people we all loved are gone… they are going threw hell the same if not moreso as we are.
    Our families knew each other for over 30+yrs and they had been together over 20+. None of us saw it coming noone could have changed the outcome or explain it other than my brother in law.
    I caution those who will comment and have opinions about this.
    There are friends n families out there whos hearts n lives are crushed right now, be kind thoughtful and try to be uplifting to them… this is the most pain their families n friends will ever feel.
    Blessed be!

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