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Elderly couple killed in murder-suicide at Virginia hospital

Posted at 10:44 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 21:57:39-04

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- An elderly couple was killed in a murder-suicide at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett and the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office later confirmed.

"Detectives with the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a shooting that occurred this morning at approximately 9:15 a.m. at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center on the 4th floor," Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Captain Elizabeth Scott wrote in an email. "Medical personnel immediately called 911 after hearing the incident."

Investigators identified the couple as 76-year-old Pamela Turella and 80-year-old Alexander Turella.

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Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

"Investigation revealed Pamela was a patient at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, her husband Alexander shot Pamela and then took his own life," Scott said. "This all occurred in Pamela’s hospital room."

Officials said the couple's next-to-kin have been notified.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is located on Spotsylvania Parkway, about 55 miles north of Richmond.

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