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Chesterfield school bus driver, husband, dead in apparent murder-suicide

Posted at 3:04 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 23:43:28-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Police identified the Chesterfield couple found dead in their Spruce Avenue home Friday morning as Ewell and Charlene "Leslie" Alderman. Both husband and wife were 51 years old.

"At this point, evidence at the scene suggests that Ewell Alderman Jr. shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said.

Neighbors told CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett that Ewell had attempted suicide prior to Friday's fatal shooting.

"I know because I’m the one that got him. I figured this was the same thing," neighbor and friend Bruce Greeson said. "I never would've believed murder-suicide."

Greeson called the Aldermans "very good people."

Leslie Alderman

Leslie was a beloved bus driver in Chesterfield County, even recognized as Virginia’s best bus driver two years in a row, winning multiple school bus roadeo titles.

She even spoke with CBS 6 back in 2014 about the bus roadeo.

“They’re what you would like as your neighbor,” said neighbor Elaine Dabney.

Dabney lives across the street and said the two had helped her when she needed it. Dabney said she needed help with a project on their roof.

“They were very nice about it,” she said. “They came out and did it one day and told me anytime I had problems, just to let them know.”

A GoFundMe page has been up to help the family with funeral expenses.

"Police continue their investigation," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. "Anyone with any information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251."