Shops and visitors along the Venice Beach Boardwalk in Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
Shops and visitors along the Venice Beach Boardwalk were no longer part of an elderly childless couple’s life due to the wife’s dementia, so murder-suicide ended a nursing home dilemma. Photo by John Schreiber.

Life wasn’t worth living for an 83-year-old husband who just wouldn’t allow his 85-year-old dementia-suffering wife to be forced into a nursing home, so he apparently killed her before committing suicide in their long-time Venice home.

After more than a half century in Venice, the couple was found dead in what authorities said was a murder-suicide. The couple had no children, and authorities did not disclose how long they had been together. But a neighbor said the pair had lived in the Venice area for more than 50 years.

Officers were sent to the 1000 block of East Palms Boulevard at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, said Los Angeles police Officer Jenny Hauser.

Investigators told reporters that workers doing construction next door to the couple’s home in the 1000 block of East Palms Boulevard spotted the body of an 83-year-old man with a gunshot wound in the yard.

Authorities believe he shot himself after killing his wife, who was shot in the head.

The case was reported as a murder-suicide, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

A suicide note indicated the woman was suffering from dementia and severe pain, according to NBC4.

A neighbor told Channel 4 that the couple had lived in the area for more than 50 years and that the husband was resistant to putting his wife in a nursing home or hospital. She said they had no children and that a niece who lives out of state was notified of the deaths.

The names of the man and woman were not immediately released.

–City News Service

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