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Deputies say husband pulled trigger in Irmo murder-suicide

(Columbia) June 5, 2006 - Investigators say two people found dead in their Irmo home were likely the result of a murder-suicide.

This weekend the bodies of Richard Yongue and Karen Yongue were found in their home on Freshly Mill Road in Richland County. 

Deputies say they think the husband was the killer. Investigators say the husband may have shot his wife and turned the gun on himself.

Around 7:00 Sunday morning, deputies received a call from a relative of the two victims saying they needed to respond to the home. The relative told deputies they had received a call from someone at the residence saying they needed to call police.

Richland County deputy coroner Ted Kennedy says 57-year-old Karen Yongue and her husband, 63-year-old Richard Yongue, were found dead. Kennedy says each died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Karen Yongue was a 2nd grade teacher at Frances F. Mack Primary school in Gaston (Lexington County School District 4).

It's a tragedy that's left neighbor Letha Sites baffled, "I never heard a cross word between the two of them they were just like they thought so much of each other."

Investigators from the Richland County Sheriff's Department say someone at the home called a relative and told that person to call police. Officers aren't sure who made that first call.

Updated 10:44pm Graeme Moore

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