Greensboro Police: 102-Year-Old Man Shot Wife, Killed Himself

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Police in Greensboro say a 102-year-old man shot and wounded his 84-year-old wife before killing himself.

Authorities said in a statement that officers responded to a report of shots being fired at a home on the northeast side of the city around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found Theodore Delano Larkin Jr. dead at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot. Police said Gloria Laurette Larkin was suffering from gunshot wounds, and was taken by ambulance to Moses Cone Hospital where her condition is described as non-life threatening.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting and are continuing to look into the incident.


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  • by Jimbob Location: ENC on Feb 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    102 wow he didnt care. Everybody known and loved done died. Wow he could have waited a few months could have happened naturally. Why did he shoot his 18 yr his junior wife? Hmmm Hugh Hefner characteristics.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:48 AM in reply to Jimbob
      Not really. Hefner didn't shoot himself.
  • by My grandma Location: ENC on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    This is such a wild story. My grandmother just passed at the ripe old age of 108. It's interesting how the 'super' elderly view life. I used to tell her that she just needed to make it to 110...... and her response? In a comedic tone she would say...... "Lord, I hope not!". Rest in peace old soul.
  • by Locket Location: Askewville, NC on Feb 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    There was an elderly couple in Windsor whose ending sounds much like this case. And that husband and wife were devoted to eachother, and loved everyone around them as well. He just felt it was past time for them to go, as they were in very bad health. I do hope that those who cared about this Greensboro couple can find some peace about their loss. God be with them..
  • by ~ALPHA female~ on Feb 23, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    His wife has a lot to deal with. Not only being shot by her now late husband... but watching him kill himself! How very sad...
  • by peace at last? on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    102 yrs.of living on this "GOD forsaken planet"...The late DR.Kavorkian relieved "suffering"for terminally Ill&elderly...The medical profession makes billions off the "suffering",now thats just plan wrong...
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      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to peace at last?
      If the planet were "God forsaken" there wouldn't be any life on it.
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        by peace at last on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM in reply to
        How did you of all people get on this PLANET and don't say you were BORN!!!That would be a LIE!!!
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          by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:46 AM in reply to peace at last
          That made absolutely no sense. Are you going to tell us that you arrived on the Mother Ship?
  • by me Location: nc on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    did i miss something? it never said they were mad or anything. i pray for them both!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to me
      You can pray for the wife... but praying for him is pointless, since he died already.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    We also don't know that they were "doing fine living on their own". Nobody knows what their health or financial state was. Maybe it was despair.
  • by WHY ASSUME Location: Bertie on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    Why assume this man was angry? Why say the children should have taken the guns away? Who even knows that this couple had any kids or grandkids. We can't assume! For all you people know this could have been a mercy killing and act of love. It happens more often than not! Just saying...
  • by phillybeef Location: NC on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    Wow that is love of the deepest, insane too.
  • by Melissa Location: ENC on Feb 23, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    Guns don't kill people, people kill people. With or without a gun or other weapon, if a person wants to injure or kill another person, they will. Where there's a will, there's a way.
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