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Police: Ohio mom shot adult son then herself

Associated Press

STRUTHERS, OHIO: Police in northeast Ohio say an investigation confirmed that a 44-year-old woman killed her 23-year-old son before shooting herself in the basement of their home last week.

According to Struthers police, Leslie Slaven used a .38-caliber revolver to shoot Justin Slaven in the head before shooting herself in the head March 20. They were found in the basement by Leslie Slaven’s husband.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that Justin Slaven died that day and his mother died at a hospital on Tuesday.

Family members say support from the community has been overwhelming, with $5,800 raised in less than a week for Justin Slaven’s funeral expenses. His funeral was scheduled for Friday.

Police did not discuss a possible motive for the murder-suicide.


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