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Jun 1, 2010 8:54 PM by Monica Quintero

Neighborhood mourning after apparent murder-suicide near San Miguel

A neighborhood is in mourning after an apparent murder-suicide involving a local couple. Two people are dead after that shooting and now neighbors are shocked at what happened. Sheriff's deputies said it all happened on the 2400 block of Rock Ridge Lane around 9:45 Tuesday morning. It's located a few miles north of the Paso Robles Municipal Airport.

Denny Colbert, a neighbor, couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a swarm of investigators at his neighbor's house. He said, "There must have been 50 cars out there and right away, I knew something was wrong." He went on to say, "We have two Border Collies and one is deathly afraid of loud noises. Neither Border Collie alerted to anything."

Colbert said a retired couple in their 60's and 70's lived at the home. The woman he said was a former teacher and was suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Colbert said, "She's really, really a nice person but you could tell in the last six or eight months she had really gone downhill pretty quickly." He said her husband had battled throat cancer and was in remission but had been working hard to take care of his wife and the 20 acres of land they owned. Colbert said, "I don't think he could have cared for her anymore than he did. Everywhere they went, they were together. Like I said, just the best neighbors you could ever, ever wish to have. They're the nicest people."

Rob Bryn, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's department, said, "Apparently, there was a person staying at the house who came out and discovered the bodies." Sheriff's deputies said that person made the 911 call. Colbert said she's a family friend who was living with the couple to help the husband care for his wife. Sheriff's deputies would confirm a male was found dead at the home. The female was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

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