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70-Year-Old Commits Suicide At Funeral Home

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
scene outside the funeral homescene outside the funeral home

A 70-year-old man walked into JT Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg, Virginia, on Nov. 6, handed employees a note with contact information for his next of kin, and committed suicide.

Witnesses told NBC 12 that the man might have shot himself. 

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“Preliminary investigation indicates that the 70 year old male took his own life,” a Petersburg Police Department spokeswoman told WTVR. “Detectives are in the process of notifying the man’s family who may live in a neighboring jurisdiction to Petersburg. Actual cause of death will be determined by the Virginia medical examiner.”

There was a funeral service inside the chapel shortly after the elderly man committed suicide, reported NBC 12.

"I didn't hear any kind of gunshots or anything but I seen there was a body propped against the tree," local employee Sheila Harris told NBC 12. "First I thought somebody had gotten sick but I noticed they covered it up.”

Police have yet to identify the man.

Sources: WWBT, WTVR / Photo credit: WTVR