Palak

Photo of Palak, a teenager wearing a blue shirt. Her hair is short, and her skin is tan. The photo is indistinct and small.Name: Palak (n/a).
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Before killing himself, Palak’s father hanged her because he was “worried about her future”.

She is survived by her brother and mother, who were not home at the time of the murder.

Perpetrator: Mukesh Kumar (Father).

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Grant Heckman

Photo of Grant Heckman, a boy wearing a white sweater and smiling at the camera. He has fair skin and brown eyes and hair.Name: Grant Heckman.
Died: June 19, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Westphalia, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Grant was shot by his father in a murder-suicide.

He leaves behind his brother, sister, and mother.

Perpetrator: George Heckman (Father).

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Sandra Nickells

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Name: Sandra Nickells.
Died: June 17, 2017.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide.
Location: Adamsville, Utah, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s, chronic illness.

Details:
Sandra was shot by her husband, who called police to report what he had done just before shooting himself as well.

Perpetrator: Tom Nickells (Husband).

Source:
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Lorraine Smith

Photo of Lorraine Smith. She is a woman with light skin and straight brown hair cut to chin-length with bangs. She is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a blue silk turtleneck blouse and some blue beads.Name: Lorraine Gladys Smith, née Shiel.
Died: May 17, 2017.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: “Serious medical issues”.

Details:
Lorraine was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She was a mother of one who enjoyed sewing and collecting Kewpie dolls.

Perpetrator: Edward Smith (Husband).

Source:
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Gail Caulfield

No PhotoName: Gail Caulfield.
Died: May 10, 2017 (Body found).
Age at death: 75.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Deltona, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Gail was shot by her husband. He buried her body and claimed she had moved away. Some time later, he committed suicide himself just after telling police where her body was.

Perpetrator: Laurence Caulfield (Husband).

Source:
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Kanchana

No PhotoName: Kanchana.
Died: March 7, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Trang, Thailand.
Disability: Chronic encephalitis.

Details:
Kanchana’s mother strangled her before committing suicide.

She left behind two children, aged two and nine when she died. They went to live with relatives.

Perpetrator: Somjai (Mother).

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Ruth Bain

Photo of Ruth Bain, an older woman with pale skin, wearing a red-striped top and pearl earrings. Her hair is short, curly, and nearly white.Name: Ruth Bain.
Died: March 4, 2017.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Denton, Texas, USA.
Disability: Dementia; stroke.

Details:
Ruth was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She liked gardening and doing volunteer work.

Perpetrator: Joe Bain (Husband).

Source:
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Fung Shuk-ying

No PhotoName: Fung Shuk-ying.
Died: February 15, 2017.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Fung Shuk-ying’s husband strangled her with a belt in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Au Kin-ming (Husband).

Source:
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James Smith

No PhotoName: James Smith.
Died: February 1, 2017.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: San Diego, California, USA.
Disability: TBI from car accident; wheelchair user.

Details:
James was shot by his wife in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Candace Smith (Wife).

Source:
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Marilyn Miller

Photo of Marilyn Miller, a woman with short white hair and fair skin, photographed outdoors.Name: Marilyn Miller.
Died: January 14, 2017.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Waterloo, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness.

Details:
Marilyn’s husband took her to the park, where he shot her before killing himself. Friends said he might have done it because he didn’t want them to go to a nursing home.

Perpetrator: Neil Miller (Husband).

Source:
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