A husband and wife in their 60s were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide Friday morning in a Henderson residential neighborhood, police said.
The woman’s caretaker called 911 about 6:50 a.m. after finding the pair “with no apparent signs of life” inside a home on the 100 block of Metropolitan Drive, near Burkholder Boulevard and East Lake Mead Parkway, a Henderson Police Department release said.
Both the 63-year-old man and 60-year-old woman had been shot, and police said they appeared to have died in a murder-suicide.
Police learned the woman lived with various medical conditions, the release said.
Neighbors knew that the woman was suffering from dementia and her husband was struggling to care for her, said Valerie Maes, who lives a stone’s throw from the couple’s home.
He had brought his wife to an assisted-living facility in recent months, but the couple had returned to the house in the last week, she said.
“He had an amazingly rough time,” Maes said.
The couple had lived in the neighborhood for “forever,” Maes said. They were always together, she said. Maes and another neighbor remembered seeing the couple walk their grandchildren to nearby Taylor Elementary School.
The single-story house, like others on the street, had a gated front yard with an old tree shading the driveway. A man and woman arrived at the home Friday afternoon in a bright-blue pickup truck and entered the house. They declined to comment.
First responders flooded the street early Friday, Maes said.
“We knew it was bad immediately because all these cops came,” she said.
The Clark County coroner’s office will release the victims’ identities once relatives are notified.
This marks Henderson’s sixth homicide of the year.
Henderson police urged anybody with information on the case to call them at 702-267-4911 or 311. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to remain anonymous.
Signs of suicide can include changes in conversation, behavior and mood, according to the American Association of Suicidology.
If a person talks about being a burden to others and feeling trapped; if a person starts acting recklessly or withdrawing from friends, family and activities; if a person starts experiencing rage, anxiety, or a loss of interest — among other factors — reach out to the person or seek help.
For more information, visit suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24/7.