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Names released in South Bend murder-suicide

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit has confirmed that the double shooting in South Bend that took place on Nov. 5 was a murder-suicide.

Photo of Helen Higginbotham from Facebook

The shooting took place on W. Prairie Ave on Saturday evening.

Edward Zelasko, 76, apparently shot his ex-wife and his dog before shooting himself in a murder-suicide attempt.

Zelasko’s ex-wife, Helen Higginbotham, 71, died from gunshot wounds and her death is being ruled a homicide.

Zelasko was transported to the hospital after the suicide attempt and passed away Sunday evening.

After an autopsy in Fort Wayne, Zelasko’s death was ruled a suicide due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

See also: South Bend Police investigating reported double shooting



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