Husband commits murder-suicide after posting plan on Facebook

Posted at 11:49 PM, Jan 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-01 23:50:40-05

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 lock down 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!”