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Authorities Thursday identified a Pacoima couple who died in what police said was a murder-suicide.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at their home in the 12800 block of Wingo Street.

Virginia Villa, 73, died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winger. Gilbert Villa, 87, died about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at a hospital, Winter said.

The Los Angeles Times reported the woman was in a wheelchair and her husband was lying about 5 feet away on the couch holding a handgun and suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Family members said the man was struggling with board-and-care facility bills for his wife, who had “numerous medical conditions,” LAPD Officer Tony Im told The Times.

—City News Service

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