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Family explains murder-suicide

The daughter of a rural Mahnomen, Minn., couple found shot to death in their home Monday night says chronic health problems led to the incident.

Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said evidence indicates Paul William Warren, 86, shot his wife, Doris Oma Warren, 86, and then himself.

Krier said Paul Warren phoned authorities about 8:15 p.m. Monday to say he had put his wife to sleep and he was going to put himself to sleep as well. Warren said he was making the call so his family would know what happened.

In a letter released Thursday, the couple's daughter, Margo Hanson, of Twin Valley, Minn., said the deaths were a case of euthanasia.

Hanson wrote that her mother began having seizures about three years ago and they caused a fall that led to brain surgery in 2005.

Hanson said her father, who suffered from health problems of his own, took care of his wife, a task that became increasingly difficult after her mother's condition took a turn for the worse in August.

"Doctors and family members tried to convince Paul that he should move to assisted care or in with family members, but he refused to consider those options as they did not want to be a burden to their family," Hanson wrote.

"When it became apparent to him that Doris would have to go to a nursing home, he did what all ranchers do when an animal is suffering and has no chance of getting better. He took her life and then his own," Hanson wrote.

Hanson said her parents' remains would be donated to medical research, after which their ashes will be spread over Warren Lake, where the couple spent the last 45 years of their lives.

Dave Olson
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