Elderly area man, wife die in murder-suicide on eve of tornado anniversary

Published: Apr. 14, 2020 at 11:32 AM CDT
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An elderly Franklin man and his wife were found dead early Sunday afternoon at their home at 720 North Sharp. St., in what police say was a murder-suicide on the eve of the first anniversary of a tornado that ravaged the small town in which they lived.

Kenneth Thurman, 92, and his wife, Ruth Ann Thurman, 90, died of gunshot wounds, the Franklin Police Department said in a press release.

"Based on the evidence collected from the scene and autopsy reports, the deaths were ruled a murder/suicide," police said.

"It appeared the male subject shot the female subject approximately three times prior to shooting himself. There is no known history of family violence at the location," police said.

On April 13, 2019, an EF3 tornado with maximum winds of 140-miles per hour struck the south side of Franklin and destroyed 55 homes, two churches, four businesses, a food pantry, a duplex and part of the local housing authority building on the south side of Franklin.

More than a dozen people were injured, but none of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.

Two people were hospitalized.

No deaths were reported.

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