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Despondent Sherman Oaks Couple Found Dead in Murder/Suicide, Police Say

Burton Levin called family members before he died, according to the LAPD.

An 88-year-old man who apparently shot himself in his back yard called family members shortly before he died, saying he had just given his wife a lethal dose of medication, police said Wednesday.

Burton Levin called family members about 4:10 a.m. Tuesday to tell them what he had done to his 85-year-old wife, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division.

When officers arrived at his home in the 3500 block of Weslin Avenue, they found Levin dead in the back yard. They then searched the home and found his wife Lenore, whose body showed no outward trauma.

Detectives believe the motive for both deaths was despondency over their declining health, according to the LAPD.

A firearm and medications were found at the home.

Mattey's Mom April 25, 2013 at 03:11 PM
This is so sad.It suggests once again that euthanasia should be a legal option, as well as whether we should be able to control our own end of life timeline when illness deprives us of quality of life.
bilko April 25, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I so agree with you, Mattey's Mom. These people could have had a wonderful life behind them. But they'll now be remembered as a murder-suicide.

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