Couple Kills Selves Outside Church They Married In

Patricia and Bruce Wright died in an apparent suicide pact
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 1:11 PM CDT
The Wrights' nephew called their apparent suicide pact "a romantic tragedy."   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Las Vegas couple Patricia and Bruce Wright apparently made a pact to end their lives Sunday at the same Florida church where they married 40 years ago, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. A pastor discovered the couple early Sunday morning under a tree behind the church, with a rifle and shotgun beside their bodies. Bruce, 60, died at the scene; his wife, 57, died in a hospital Tuesday. Because the couple didn't communicate much with family, says a nephew, the big question now is: Why?

"It was a romantic tragedy," the nephew says. "Life started for the two of them there, and that's officially where life ended for them." The couple had no children, and had previously lived in Florida, Alaska, and Washington. Patricia worked in a hospital and Bruce in sound production, but beyond that, the family doesn't know much because the couple only sent occasional letters. "I don't want to say they were black sheep because they weren't, but they were odd sheep," says their nephew. (Read more Florida stories.)

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