NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut couple whose son was
killed in the Sept. 11 attacks have died in what autopsies
determined was a murder-suicide in their North Haven home.
Police say 73-year-old Thomas Vanacore and 70-year-old Joan
Vanacore died Monday. Authorities say a visiting nurse who was
caring for the couple called 911 at about 3:30 p.m. after returning
from an errand.
Neighbors say Thomas Vanacore had late-stage throat cancer and
Joan Vanacore had Alzheimer's disease. Police said it appears
Thomas Vanacore shot his wife and turned the gun on himself.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday autopsies
determined Joan Vanacore's death was a homicide and her husband's
death was a suicide.
Neighbors say the youngest of the couple's six children, Edward
Vanacore, died in the attacks at the World Trade Center. He was 29.
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