Husband shoots wife, self in murder-suicide - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Husband shoots wife, self in murder-suicide

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A family is torn apart after a a husband killed his wife in a murder-suicide Saturday.

It happened in the 2300 block of Ptarmigan Cove, near Summer and Whitten. Police identified the victim as Barbara Moore, 62, on Thursday after all family members had been notified.

Along with police lights, a feeling of hopelessness, greeted a close family friend in this northeast Memphis neighborhood.

“I don't know that it's fully hit me yet,” family friend Danielle Tantoco said.

Tantoco is shocked at how quickly everything changed.

“The three of us were having dinner at home last night, and it's just so random,” Tantoco said. “You don’t expect it.”

Tantoco said just two days ago, Moore moved in with her.

Tantoco said she moved to escape a controlling husband of over 40 years.

Then, Saturday afternoon, gunshots at her home took her life, and injured her sister as the two tried desperately to get in their car and get away. Tantoco said Moore was a wonderful person.

“An amazing woman; she is an amazing woman and I want her to be remembered that way,” Tantoco said.

There's one thing that hurts the most about losing Moore.

“The future that we don't have anymore, the fun things that we won't be able to do,” she said. “I think that's the biggest part for me.”

Police said this horrible crime should be a wake up call to anyone in an abusive relationship.

“Seek professional help and get away, so it doesn't end in these type of terms,” Louis Brownlee with the Memphis Police Department said.

“The biggest thing that we can do for each other as women is be there for each other because you never know when something like this is going on,” Tantoco said.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, there are services to help you. During the week you can reach out to the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County by calling (901) 222-4400.

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