Interesting.. one story says Mr Schaefer shot himself in the chest, the next story claims he shot himself in the head!
Schaefer deaths ruled a murder/suicide
By ROB MOORESaturday, March 27, 2010 9:48 PM EDT
As officials said Friday night, former state Sen. Nancy Schaefer and her husband Bruce Schaefer of Habersham County apparently died as a result of a murder/suicide.Reading from a statement about to be released, Sheriff Joey Terrell said, “The ongoing investigation by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI into the deaths of Nancy and Bruce Schaefer indicate that Bruce Schaefer shot his wife once then turned the gun on himself.”
Family members discovered the couple’s bodies in the bedroom of their home in The Orchard near Turnerville shortly before 6 p.m. Friday.Terrell said a handgun was found near the body of Bruce Schaefer and that several letters written by him to family members were found in the home, including a suicide note.
Autopsies conducted by a GBI medical examiner today “determined that Mrs. Schaefer died from a single gunshot wound to the back and Mr. Schaefer died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The investigation so far and the autopsy results have not uncovered any evidence to incident it is anything other than a murder/suicide.”Law enforcement officials believe Nancy Schaefer was asleep when she was shot, likely on Friday morning, Terrell said.
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A funeral for former Georgia state Sen. Nancy Schaefer and her husband, Bruce Schaefer, will take place Wednesday after their deaths Friday in what authorities have said was a murder-suicide.
The family will receive friends Wednesday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Family Life Center in Toccoa, Ga., from 9 a.m. until noon.
The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Rose Lane in Toccoa. A private family burial will follow.
Memorials may be made to the Athens Y Camp.
The Acree-Davis Funeral Home in Toccoa is in charge of the arrangements.
Investigators concluded that Bruce Schaefer, 74, shot his wife once in the back in the bedroom and then shot himself in the head, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said Saturdya in a prepared statement.
“We are grieving over this indescribable loss of our parents who we all adored,” the Schaefer family said in a statement. “Our parents were extremely loving and caring people who took great joy in helping those in need.”
Authorities believe Nancy Schaefer, 73, was asleep when she was shot, probably sometime Friday morning, Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell told The Times newspaper of Gainesville.
The sheriff said that “some financial problems were mentioned” in the notes left behind by Bruce Schaefer.
“That might have been one reason,” Terrell told the Gainesville newspaper.
Nancy Schaefer represented the 50th District, which includes Stephens County, in the state Senate from 2004 to 2008.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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