Murder-suicide investigation underway in Halifax County

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HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Halifax County’s sheriff has identified two people killed in a murder-suicide on Christmas Eve.

According to the The Gazette-Virginian, former Virginia State Police Trooper Philip Leath, and his wife Lori Leath were found dead in the highway in front of the home on Bellevue Road.

Officers from South Boston as well as State Police arrived at the scene shortly after the 911 center received the call around 9:33 a.m.

According to Sheriff Fred S. Clark, both victims died of apparent gunshot wounds., and that the shooting appears to be a domestic incident.

Their bodies have been transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for autopsies.

Traffic on Bellevue Road was blocked in both directions for house, while the investigation continued.

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