Forty years ago, Patricia and Bruce Wright promised to love each other until death do them part at the Friendship United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda, Florida. In a tragic tale, the couple, who had most recently lived in Las Vegas, returned to the church on Sunday and killed themselves in what appears to be a suicide pact.
The church's pastor found Bruce, 60, and Patricia, 57, slumped over underneath a tree outside the building with a rifle and shotgun near their bodies. Bruce died on the scene, while Patricia died two days later in the hospital from a gunshot wound to her head.
The couple did not leave behind a note, but police surmise that the dual deaths were likely a result of a suicide pact.
The couple had no children and rarely contacted other family members.
"It was a romantic tragedy," Mr. Wright's nephew Daniel Johnston told the media. "Life started for the two of them there, and that's officially where life ended for them.'"
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The couple had been living and working in Las Vegas for years, but last family members heard they were planning a move to California. Though, the couple still owned a home near the church. Neighbors say it has sat empty for years.
"For us, it was a situation where we thought some things had gone bad in their lives. Maybe they went into debt, or the stock market kicked them around," Johnson told a Las Vegas paper. "But in reality, we have no idea about their financial situation."