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Carthage Community Reacts To Apparent Murder/Suicide

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -

Residents of Carthage try to piece together what may have led to an apparent murder and suicide.  Police say a well-being check call came-in last night.  Officers arrived at 820 South Prospect and found two people dead.

A rocking chair on the front porch, and a picket fence surrounding a well-kept yard.  This home may look like any place but where a crime would happen.  But Shasta Hatton, who lives across the street, says she found inside this seemingly ordinary house the body of Suzanna Hobbs.

"It was a little traumatizing.  I mean, you just don't expect that," says Hatton.

Hatton says 53-year-old Hobbs was a sweet woman, and friendly with neighbors.  Hatton says Hobbs' boyfriend who lived with her, 54-year-old David Tindell, had a drinking problem.

"She had brought it up before, she had mentioned it to me that he had been drinking all day," says Hatton.

Hatton says Hobbs was open to what was going on, but never alluded to needing help.

"I don't really remember she saying they fought, either.  She just told me before that he was drinking and tearing up the house," says Hatton.

Friday was the last day Hatton saw Hobbs alive on her front porch.  Hatton remembers later being inside her home during the weekend and hearing gunshots.  But she thought surely nothing was wrong.  Someone was probably just illegally firing their gun.

"This is a nice neighborhood," says Hatton.

Monday evening, Hatton knocked on Hobbs' door because Hobbs hadn't been seen in a while.  Dogs barked, but there was no answer.  Hatton looked through the front window and found Hobbs lying on the living room floor.

Carthage police say Tindell shot and killed Hobbs, then killed himself with a gun.

Hatton says a lesson was taught in a very tragic way.

"When you think something could be wrong, you should probably pay more attention.  It makes me feel bad that I didn't," says Hatton.

No matter how charming the neighborhood, nothing is always perfect.

Hatton says Hobbs and her boyfriend had only lived in their home for a few months, and says the couple moved from Arizona.  
 

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